18:22 12.09.2017

Ukrainian border guards familiarize Saakashvili with illegal border crossing report

Ukrainian border guards familiarize Saakashvili with illegal border crossing report

Ukrainian border guards familiarized former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili with an administrative offence report on illegally crossing the border in the presence of journalists near the Leopolis hotel in Lviv on Tuesday.

Before this, parliamentarian Yuriy Derevianko said the procedure of presenting the report would be public and would take place in the presence of members of the press. He also said lawyers would ask the border guards the necessary questions.

Saakashvili himself said he treated Ukrainian border guards with profound respect.

An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported that the procedure involved Saakashvili, his lawyers, Derevianko, and Ukrainian Border Service officials, who read out the report.

Saakashvili said in response that the report had to be presented within three hours of his crossing the border.

"Everything is very simple. If they had brought this report within three hours after we crossed the border... They can't say that I was hiding somewhere. I was in the main square of Lviv, together with thousands of Lviv residents, and I would have accepted this report without any questions. But since they have brought it only now, it is a violation of the law," Saakashvili said.

"We have publicly recorded the first violation, namely, the State Border Service's failure to present the report within three hours, as stipulated by the Code of Administrative Offences, and is currently trying to present it two days later, a report that was not drawn up in the presence of the individual who, as they allege, violated the border," Derevianko said.

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