Saakashvili supporters gather on another Sunday rally for impeachment

14:40, 17 December 2017
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Some 5,000 people are marching along Kyiv's central Kreschatyk Street amid tightened security measures downtown in support of a rally set up by ex-Georgian president and former head of the Odesa Regional State Administration, now leader of the “Movement of New Forces”, Mikheil Saakashvili.

On Saturday, Mikheil Saakashvili urged Ukrainians to take to Kyiv streets for another "March for Impeachment".

Saakashvili stated that in negotiations with other political actors there could not be any compromises on certain issues.

Read alsoPGO says Kurchenko-sponsored coup plot not among criminal charges against SaakashviliIn a Facebook posting, Mikheil Saakashvili said that talks with other political forces were needed “in the interests of the country if we want a peaceful transition from oligarchy to a normal life".

Saakashvili has said that no compromises are possible on removing oligarchs from government, ensuring unhindered work of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine, defying corruption schemes and punishing those involved in them, as well as on the issue of resignation of Prosecutor General, setting up anti-corruption courts, drawing up mechanisms for impeachment and removing barriers to such procedure.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Saakashvili was detained in Kyiv on December 8 and remanded in custody at the SBU's Security Service's pre-trial detention center. He announced hunger strike in protest against his detention.

Saakashvili is suspected of an attempted crime (Part 1 of Article 15 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), crime committed by prior agreement with a group of persons (Part 2 of Article 28), assistance to participants in criminal organizations and concealment of their criminal activities (Part 2 of Article 256). 

Read alsoFT: Ukraine's chief prosecutor says Saakashvili extradition 'likely'Yuriy Lutsenko said that Saakashvili had been staging protests to seize state power in Ukraine and assist members of the criminal group of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and businessman Serhiy Kurchenko in halting their criminal prosecution. Saakashvili has denied all charges.

On December 11, the Kyiv's Pechersky district court has turned down the prosecutor's motion to place Mikheil Saakashvili under around-the-clock house arrest for 2 months. The decision may be challenged to the Court of Appeal within 5 days from the date of its announcement.

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