Court arrests man involved in Saakashvili border breakthrough in Ukraine

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A district court in Lviv ruled on Sept.13 to arrest a 39-year-old resident of Ivano-Frankivsk region on suspicion of involvement in the incident at the Shehyni border checkpoint on September 10 in which former Georgian President and former Odesa regional administration head Mikheil Saakashvili and a number of his supporters forced their way across the Polish-Ukrainian border.

The man has been officially notified of being suspected of committing the crimes of “illegal transfer of persons across the Ukrainian state border” (Part 2 Article 332 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), “a threat or violence toward a law enforcement official” (Part 2 Article 345) and “collective violation of public order” (Particle 293), the Lviv regional police department reported.

Based on the documentary evidence presented, the court ruled to arrest the man for at least 60 days.

Saakashvili arrived in Ukraine on Sept. 10. His supporters gathered at the Shehyni checkpoint and began a fight with border guards in the transit zone, helping Saakashvili and a group of other people, including five parliamentarians, illegally cross the border. Thirteen Ukrainian National Police officers and nine border guards were injured in the incident.

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