Saakashvili sees no point in attending hearings on status in Ukraine, decides to focus on Feb 18 protest
Leader of the Movement of New Forces and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said he will no longer attend court hearings on his status in Ukraine after the Kyiv Administrative Appeals Court declined his and his lawyers' request that the hearing of an appeal of a ruling of the Kyiv District Administrative Court be postponed.
"The court is rejecting one request after another. We still haven't received an answer as to how the judges in these hearings could be replaced. I don't see any point in my continued presence at this hearing. They want to imitate a legal procedure, so my lawyers will stay there. I also keep coming to court for the people who come to support me. But even they advised me not to attend these hearings orchestrated from above," Saakashvili wrote on Facebook.
Saakashvili intends, instead, to concentrate on preparing for the protests in Kyiv and regional centers of Ukraine planned for Sunday, February 18. "I'd do better to focus on implementing your and our plan for February 18, which we agreed on during the March for the Future," he wrote.
An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported on Monday that the Kyiv Administrative Appeals Court had declined a request from Saakashvili and his lawyers that the hearing of an appeal of the Kyiv District Administrative Court's ruling regarding his status in Ukraine now that he has been stripped of Ukrainian citizenship be postponed.
President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree depriving Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship in July 2017.