Court dismisses Saakashvili's challenge of prosecutor in appeal on pre-trial preventive measure
The Court of Appeal of Kyiv has dismissed a request by Leader of the Rukh of New Forces Party, ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and his lawyers to remove prosecutor Oleksandr Hovoruschak from the consideration of the appeal of the Prosecutor General's Office against Pechersky District Court's ruling to refuse home arrest for Saakashvili.
The corresponding decision was announced by the panel of judges at a sitting on Friday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported.
As reported, as earlier reported in July 2017, Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili, who was abroad at that time, of his Ukrainian citizenship.
Head of Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) Yuriy Lutsenko said Saakashvili was suspected of receiving $500,000 from disgraced Ukrainian businessman Serhiy Kurchenko, a crony of Ukraine's fugitive president Viktor Yanukovych. The PGO released snippets of audio recordings with voices purported to belong to Kurchenko and Saakashvili to back up the claims. Saakashvili supporter David Sakvarelidze said that the published recordings have been doctored and that he is planning to submit them for an expert evaluation abroad.
As reported, on December 5, Saakashvili was detained, but his supporters blocked the police van and "freed" him. The politician was placed on the wanted list. Saakashvili was detained again on December 8. On December 11, the court refused to grant the motion submitted by the prosecutor's office to choose a measure of round-the-clock house arrest to Saakashvili.