14:45 15.02.2018

Saakashvili's readmission to Poland was legal - Lutkovska

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Saakashvili's readmission to Poland was legal - Lutkovska

The readmission of former Georgian President and leader of the Movement of New Forces party Mikheil Saakashvili from Ukraine to Poland was legal, but there are questions to the procedure for its implementation, according to Valeria Lutkovska, the Verkhovna Rada's human rights commissioner.

"The readmission was indeed legal. The other question is how it was implemented and whether there was in this case excessive use of force against the man. This is a question that remains open. The question remains open about transportation. This is one of the questions that I asked the border and migration services. There are still some procedural issues that concern readmission, to which I would like to receive answers, and there is one more question: 'Is it possible to carry out the readmission of a person who now has the status of a defendant?'" Lutkovska told Channel 5 on Wednesday, February 14.

Saakashvili was detained in Kyiv on February 12 and returned to Poland in accordance with readmission procedures. Oleh Slobodian, spokesman for the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service, said Saakashvili had been returned "to the country of previous stay" (Poland).

The Polish Border Guard Service said Saakashvili had been admitted to Poland on the basis of a statement by the Ukrainian State Migration Service on readmission. The agency said that "the Ukrainian side's request was granted," given that Saakashvili is married to a citizen of an EU country.

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