Saakashvili promises to appeal against Ukrainian Security Service
Ex-Georgian President, Movement of New Forces party leader Mikhail Saakashvili said that he intends to pursue the Ukrainian Security Service (USS) in court and file an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for an "illegal abduction by intelligence officers".
"We are preparing an appeal against the USS for banditry, attack and abduction… They abducted me! And now this has been officially confirmed by court. We are also preparing an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, and I will demand compensation for the abduction," TASS cited the politician as saying.
On December 5, officers of the Ukrainian Security Service and the Prosecutor General Office arrested Saakashvili, but about 200 his supporters blocked the USS car carrying the politician and forced him out. Saakashvili was arrested and placed in a solitary confinement cell on December 8. On December 11, Kiev’s Pechersky Court rejected the prosecutors’ appeal and released Saakashvili in the courtroom. A session of the Kiev Court of Appeals was to be held on December 22, but it was rescheduled for January 3, because the Pechersky district court had failed to submit the case materials.