A spokesman for the Georgian prosecutor’s office said that the former president of the country, Mikhail Saakashvili, entered the country, hiding on board the vessel “Vilnius”, which was en route from the Ukrainian Chernomorsk to the Georgian Poti. Later on the night of September 29, a trailer with a trailer loaded with dairy products left the port. It was in it, according to the prosecutor’s office, that Saakashvili was.
After leaving the port, the ex-president got into a waiting car and went to a rented apartment, where he was detained on October 1. An illegal border crossing case has been opened.
Saakashvili returned to Georgia on the eve of the municipal elections. This is his first visit to the country in eight years. Immediately after his arrest, he went on a hunger strike. On October 10, Saakashvili’s doctor reported that his health condition had deteriorated.
At home, five criminal cases were brought against Saakashvili, including abuse of authority and embezzlement. In two of them, he was previously found guilty in absentia. The ex-president called the sentences against himself fabricated, in particular, by the order of Vladimir Putin. The Georgian prosecutor’s office indicated that Saakashvili faces at least six years in prison, given the sentences already passed. Saakashvili led Georgia from 2004 to 2013.