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Georgia regrets it exhausted legal chance to extradite Saakashvili from Ukraine

Georgia has exhausted the legal chance to extradite Mikhail Saakashvili from Ukraine. It was stated by Minister of Justice of Georgia Thea Tsulukiani.

Georgia regrets it exhausted legal chance to extradite Saakashvili from Ukraine

According to Tsulukiani, by providing Saakashvili with Ukrainian citizenship, Ukraine eliminated Georgia's legal chance to extradite him from the country, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Georgia Online.

"I returned from Kyiv 24 hours ago. I could see that the Saakashvili team had not demonstrated any results there. Reforms remain suspended, and the Ukrainian people and media are asking: When will reforms begin? Serious questions have arisen for these so-called experts. Sending Saakashvili to Odessa can mean only one thing – he is being moved away from Kyiv, from reforms, as he cannot implement them," said Tsulukiani.

The Minister said that she was not sure that Saakashvili "will not do any better in Odessa."

Speaking of Saakashvili's citizenship, Tsulukiani said that Georgia should would the authentic, certified copy of the act of President Petro Poroshenko, on the grounds of which there would be started the procedure of termination of Georgian citizenship.

"Technically, today Saakashvili is still a Georgian citizen, however, he can not have the citizenship of our country, since he became a citizen of another one. There is a second option. He can address us with a request to terminate his citizenship and provide the documents. It is not a lengthy procedure. In any case, as a former citizen, has made his choice," the minister added.

"From the point of view of criminal law, we must understand that Ukrainian laws ban their citizens' extradition to a foreign country. Now that he has become a Ukrainian citizen the legal chance to get him extradited from Ukraine has been exhausted," Tsulukiani said.

It should be recalled that on May 30, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed former Georgian president and his adviser Mikhail Saakashvili the governor of the Odessa region. By another decree the Head of State granted Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship.