Saakashvili describes Lutsenko's request to pay fine for illegal border crossing as pressure on court
Former Odesa Regional Governor and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has responded to a statement by Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko regarding the payment of a fine for the illegal crossing of the state border.
"Ukraine's prosecutor general stated that I must pay a fine for illegally crossing the state border. This is a direct violation of the law and open pressure on the court by an unauthorized person," he wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday, September 20.
While addressing the prosecutor general, Saakashvili said: "Yuriy Vitaliyovych, you, as Ukraine's prosecutor general, could have heard about the presumption of innocence. In addition, as an official, you directly discredit Ukraine's judicial system with such statements."
Saakashvili suggested that the court had already made a decision on his case.
"Perhaps the court has already made a decision on this matter, and this decision is being hidden from me as carefully as the decision to strip me of [Ukrainian] citizenship. Or did you hint to the judge in a non-transparent manner what the verdict should be like?" he wrote.
Earlier, Lutsenko said that the leader of the Movement of New Forces party, Saakashvili, must pay a fine for illegally crossing Ukraine's state border.