Saakashvili will not be extradited until convicted in Georgia, - Justice Ministry

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Saakashvili will not be extradited until convicted in Georgia, - Justice Ministry

This was announced by Deputy Justice Minister Denys Chernyshov, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine.

He said there were no grounds for expelling Saakashvili from Ukraine at the moment, since he was not convicted in Georgia.

"Nothing happened in Ukraine except Saakashvili crossing the border. The documents that came to us and to the Prosecutor General's Office against Saakashvili, they say that criminal cases are being considered against him in Georgia. It's not a stage of extradition, and the Ministry of Justice does not take part in it yet. If Saakashvili was convicted in Georgia on the articles that Petukhov voiced during his press-conference, then it would be a partial prerogative of the Ministry of Justice," he said.

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Chernyshov said Saakashvili has the right to file a claim to a Ukrainian court and appeal the president's decree to deprive him of his citizenship.

"He has the right. The question is why he didn't use this right," Chernyshov said.

As reported, Saakashvili decided to enter Ukraine on Sept. 10 by train to avoid turmoil at Krakovets border crossing point. Intercity train from Przemysl to Kyiv was supposed to leave at 1:07 p.m. yesterday but was delayed for several hours. Some sources reported the train was delayed by law enforcers, but police soon disproved the reports. In its turn, Ukraine's major railway carrier Ukrzaliznytsia explained the delay in schedule by presence of a person on board who had no grounds to enter Ukraine.

Saakashvili subsequently arrived at Shehyni border crossing point where his supporters breached across the Ukrainian border and brought the politician and his delegation onto territory of Ukraine.

Read more: Saakashvili: "I am returning to Ukraine. I will arrive on Sept. 10"

On July 26, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree that deprived former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, leader of Rukh Novykh Syl party, of his Ukrainian citizenship.

On Sept. 5, Deputy Justice Minister for European Integration Serhii Petukhov announced that the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine received a request from the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office to arrest and extradite former Georgian President, ex-head of the Odesa regional state administration Mikheil Saakashvili.