Police begin probe of Saakashvili deportation
National Police of Ukraine has begun acting on the February 22, 2018 decision of Kyiv's Pechersky District Court to investigate the case filed by lawyers of former Georgia President and New Forces Movement Party leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who was deported to Poland on February 12.
Saakashvili's lawyer Ruslan Chernolutsky told the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency that the Kyiv court on February 23, 2018 ordered the case to be registered officially. A day earlier, the court ordered Ukraine's National Police to investigate Saakashvili's deportation.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said in December 2017 that Saakashvili had received $500,000 to finance his activities from businessman Serhiy Kurchenko, who is hiding in Russia. To uphold his claim, Lutsenko published an audio recording. Saakashvili said he was not acquainted with Kurchenko.
In late January 2018, Lutsenko confirmed reports that an analysis had confirmed the identities of the speakers in the recorded telephone conversations between Saakashvili and Kurchenko.
Saakashvili is suspected of conspiracy to commit a crime, the commission of a crime by a group of people acting in collusion or by a criminal organization, and complicity with members of criminal organizations and concealment of their criminal activities.