Saakashvili threatens to jump off roof, detained in Kiev - VIDEO, UPDATED
The former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odessa who now leads the Ukrainian opposition Movement of New Forces, Mikhail Saakashvili, was detained in Kiev today by Ukraine’s prosecutors, MP Viktor Chumak told the Public TV channel.
A lawyer said Saakachvili is accused of attempting to topple Ukraine's authorities.
Mikheil Saakashvili, the former President of Georgia, has this morning appeared on a rooftop in Kiev before threatening to jump off,AzVision.az reports citing the Independent.
According to his close associate David Sakravedlidze, at approximately 7am local time government prosecutors appeared at his home in the Ukrainian capital. They had tried to force entry and conduct a search of his apartment, he added.
Mr Saakashvili has for the past three years been based in Ukraine.
Rescue workers and medical staff are already at the scene, and negotiators are talking with the former president.
It is well known that Mr Saakashvili is in direct conflict with Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko. Mr Poroshenko has not been afraid to use governmental bodies such as the prosecutor’s office against his foe.
The controversial Georgian politician was the driving force behind an opposition “March for Impeachment” on 3 December.
Mr Saakashvili and Mr Poroshenko had been allies at one point. In May 2015, the President even, sensationally, appointed him Governor of Odessa Oblast. He entered the job with many reform promises but ultimately was unable to make any real inroads.
The two men fell out towards the end of Mr Saakashvili’s tenure as governor.