18:29 12.09.2017

Saakashvili believes his passport is at Poroshenko's office

Mikheil Saakashvili, the leader of the Movement of New Forces party, former Georgian president and former head of Odesa State Regional Administration, claims that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is now in possession of his Ukrainian passport.

While a Ukrainian Border Service official was reading out an administrative offence report on Saakashvili's illegal crossing of the Ukrainian border in Lviv on Tuesday and asked him whether he can produce any document of identification, Saakashvili replied "the documents and IDs are kept by your president, our president of Ukraine, in his office."

"I am declaring officially that the passport that was stolen from me, based on information that I received from very, very well-informed sources, is currently at the office of Ukrainian President Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko. My passport was brought to him in the morning, when he came to work after our return to Ukraine. This is information that I possess now," Saakashvili said.

Saakashvili said on Monday that Ukrainian law enforcement officials had seized his passport while searching the bus that had taken him across the Polish-Ukrainian border. Saakashvili said his passport disappeared after special services had searched the bus and suggested that the media "make conclusions on their own."

The Ukrainian police denied Saakashvili's statement that his passport had been seized by law enforcement officials.

"The statement claiming that the passport was seized by policemen is at odds with the circumstances that occurred while a number of individuals were illegally transferred across Ukraine's state border at the Shehyni checkpoint," the police said.

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