The Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said today that Ukraine will most likely extradite former Georgian president and mayor of Odessa, Mikheil Saakashvili to his home country. He is wanted in Tbilisi on corruption charges. He could be tried in situ if a decision on his appeal to remain in the country is delayed, added Lutsenko, reported Reuters.
Saakashvili, Says Ukraine Will Break Up If Corruption Is Not Reversed
Saakashvili has a flare for drama and is drawn like a moth to the flame to controversy. Recently he threatened to jump off the roof of his home as Ukrainian security services attempted to arrest him. He has formed a new political party in his new country of Ukraine, even though his citizenship was revoked by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in an attempt to limit the political damage from his Movement of New Forces party.
Ukraine Strips Ex-Georgian President Saakashvili Of Citizenship
Still calling for new rallies, and the impeachment of the Ukrainian president over corruption allegations, Saakashvili has created a spectacle in Ukraine and is a thorn in the side of the government. It is likely Poroshenko would like to extradite Misha back to Georgia but possibly facing pressure from the European Union to not do so.
Ukraine is attempting to get the next tranche of the $17.5 billon aid package from the IMF released in the next few months. The 3rd round was recently refused due to lack of progress on corruption and economic reforms.