18:46 04.09.2017

SBU, police, Justice Ministry, Border Service confirm no obstacles to Saakashvili's entry to Ukraine

SBU, police, Justice Ministry, Border Service confirm no obstacles to Saakashvili's entry to Ukraine

Pavlo Bohomazov, a lawyer for former governor of Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili, said he had received official replies from the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), the National Police, the Justice Ministry, and the State Border Guard Service, all of them confirming that there were no legal obstacles to Saakashvili's entry to Ukraine.

The Security Service said in reply to Bohomazov's written inquiry that Saakashvili's name was not on its entry ban list, the Movement of New Forces political party said in a statement on its Facebook page.

The National Police Service said it did not have Saakashvili's name in its automated databases, either.

The Justice Ministry said it did not have requests from Georgian authorities for Saakashvili's extradition or information on his convictions in Georgia.

The State Border Service said it had no instructions from authorized government bodies to bar Saakashvili from entering the country, the statement said.

"Therefore, there are no legal grounds to obstruct Mikheil Saakashvili's crossing of the Ukrainian border at the Krakovets border checkpoint on September 10. Any attempts by law enforcement agencies not to allow Mikheil Saakashvili to enter the Ukrainian territory could be seen as unlawful and violating Ukrainian law," it said.

As reported, on July 26, 2017 it became known that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had signed a decree depriving Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship. Saakashvili himself was in the United States at the time, from which he traveled with his Ukrainian passport to Poland and then Lithuania. At present Saakashvili is in Denmark.

Saakashvili announced on August 16 that he would return to Ukraine through the Krakovets checkpoint in Lviv region on September 10.

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