Kyiv court declines another suit filed by Saakashvili against Ukrainian migration service
The Kyiv District Administrative Court has dismissed another lawsuit filed by Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and the leader of the Movement of New Forces, in which he asked that the court find illegal the State Migration Service's (SMS) inactivity during the consideration of an appeal of the decision of the SMS branch for Kyiv region to deny the politician the status of a person in need of extra protection.
The court delivered the judgment at its session on Tuesday, refusing to find unlawful the SMS's inactivity regarding Saakashvili's lawsuit.
Saakashvili also asked the court to recognize as illegal the inactivity of the State Migration Service's Kyiv region branch, which has not filed the materials of his case with the SMS's head office. The court also declined this request.
The defense team considered this to be another illegal judgment in response to Saakashvili's lawsuits in Ukrainian courts, Saakashvili's lawyer Ruslan Chornolutsky said. It will be appealed, he said.
In the first lawsuit, the Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeal upheld the District Administrative Court's judgment of February 5 and declined to find the Kyiv GMS's decision illegal. This decision will also be appealed, Chornolutsky said.
Saakashvili still has every right to stay in Ukraine, as trials concerning his status are under way, the lawyer said.
"The document on protection is in effect until appeals and cassations are considered," Chornolutsky said.