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Saakashvili snubs SBU summons

"I will surely come, as soon as they do everything according to the law."

The former Odesa governor Mikheil Saakashvili came to the building of the Security Service of Ukraine Administration on Tuesday morning, where he was summoned for questioning but refused to give testimony.

" I will surely come, as soon as they do everything according to the law, that is, serve two separate summons indicating concrete actions, strictly according to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine," Saakashvili told reporters in front of the head office of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). The politician's lawyers said that the SBU investigators intended to combine two investigative actions – questioning and taking voice samples – on one summons, which they believe is in violation of procedural norms. The defence team filed a petition with the SBU to postpone questioning

Saakashvili also pledged to appeal with the European Court of Human Rights his detention on 9 December which he belied was illegal.

Saakashvili is suspected of receiving 500,000 dollars from the runaway oligarch Serhiy Kurchenko who is sought by Ukraine. The politician is suspected assisting participants in criminal organizations and concealing their criminal activities.

In a few hours Saakashvili will have to appear in a court, where he expects to be refused of temporary protection in Ukraine.

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