Oct 2, 2021
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Saakashvili returned to Georgia and went to prison

“Miho is a clown, and this is his next show”

While Western partners persuaded the ex-president of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili not to aggravate the already tense situation in the country and to postpone his return to his homeland until quieter times, he said in the morning of October 1 that he was already in Batumi.

On his page on the social network, Saakashvili published a message: “Good morning, Georgia, after 8 years already from Georgia”, and a few hours later – and a video message.

“This is my Batumi. There was supposed to be my Batumi American Technological University, which was destroyed. Today we would have a vaccine, and no covid, and so many people would not die. I missed this place so much. Today my dream has come true, and it will finally come true when Georgia gets back on its feet. We must all go to the polls and vote for the National Movement, in no case for Ivanishvili or Gakharia. You see, I risked everything, my life, freedom, everything, to come here. I want only one thing from you, go to the polls “,

– declared Mikheil Saakashvili and called on everyone to gather on October 3 in Tbilisi on Freedom Square, where he was going to come along with his supporters.

Mikhail Saakashvili’s Kiev office confirmed that he left for Georgia on September 30.

“According to my information, he left Kiev yesterday. Three days ago, he gathered a team and told us that he was going to Georgia, because now is a turning point for the country when it is necessary to make a choice between Europe and the past, ”

– the head of the office of Mikhail Saakashvili explained to the First Channel of Georgia Mariam Barabash

However, the press service of the Interior Ministry said that Mikhail Saakashvili did not cross the state border. Nevertheless, the United National Movement confirmed the information about his return.

According to the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party Irakli Kobakhidze, “Mikho Saakashvili is a clown and this is his next performance, there is nothing more to discuss.”

And by nightfall, a new message literally blew up the news feeds – Saakashvili was detained in Tbilisi, and the footage of his arrest is presented as evidence of a fait accompli.

“I want to inform the public that the third president of Georgia, who was on the wanted list, Mikhail Saakashvili, has been detained. He was transferred to a penitentiary institution. Our law enforcement officers at the highest level held an event to detain the wanted Mikhail Saakashvili, “

– announced on Friday evening, the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili

According to him, the law enforcement agencies had information in advance about all of Saakashvili’s movements, starting with Ukraine, and the most optimal time for the arrest was chosen.

Saakashvili himself, a minute before the arrest, managed to publish on his page in the social network Facebook audio address to the “people of Georgia”: “I can now be detained in Tbilisi, but know that we are fighting to the end, tomorrow we are all going. Go to the polls tomorrow. Vote, and on the 3rd we will all celebrate the victory together. I hold on very firmly, firmly. I have come to help you. We had no other choice. I am not afraid of anything, and you do not be afraid “

Supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili assure that he will not stay in prison for long, after the October 2 elections, the government in the country will surely change (recall, the elections are municipal) and the new government will give the prodigal president freedom. As a last resort, he will definitely be pardoned by the president.

However, the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili on Friday evening she made a statement in which she thanked the law enforcement agencies for their high professionalism and said that she did not plan to pardon Saakashvili.

“Today, many are wondering whether the president is planning to pardon him. No, never. Because I will never forget the eyes of those who waited for justice to prevail and did not wait for today. Because I am loyal to the spirit that guided me when we fought with our bare hands against a regime that trampled on human rights, free business and the law, ”

– said Salome Zurabishvili.

They got worried in Kiev – a citizen of Ukraine, the head of the Executive Committee of the National Council of Reforms ended up in a Georgian prison. On this occasion, the Ambassador of Georgia was invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine – “To obtain official information about the grounds and circumstances of such detention”

All the adventures of the ex-president of Georgia are closely followed in the Office of the President of Ukraine.

“President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is concerned about such news and the tone of statements that are being heard in Georgia regarding the possible development of the situation. Our consuls are already working to provide Mikheil Saakashvili with all the necessary assistance, “

– said the press secretary of the President of Ukraine Sergey Nikiforov… Humor, and nothing more.

In Georgia, it seems, the elections themselves have faded into the background – the whole country is following with interest the adventures of its former president.

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