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Saakashvili expelled to Poland

"A person was returned to the country from which he had arrived."

Georgia's ex-president, former head of Ukraine's Odesa regional state administration and leader of the Ukrainian Movement of New Forces, Mikheil Saakashvili, has been expelled to Poland.

"This person has been illegally staying in Ukraine, therefore, in observance of all legal formalities, he was returned to the country from which he had arrived in violation of the national legislation," the State Border Service of Ukraine said in a statement published on its website.

Saakashvili is already in Warsaw, his close ally David Sakvarelidze said on Facebook.

"He called! He is in Warsaw," he said.

Saakashvili broke into Ukraine from Poland on 10 September with the help of his supporters. A court in Lviv Region found him guilty of trespassing the border. On 6 February 2018, his application for the status of refugee or person in need of additional protection was rejected.

On 12 February, operatives of the State Border Service, the Migration Service and the National Police informed Saakashvili that he was returning to Poland. They did it when he was in the Suluguni restaurant in Kyiv.

The State Border Service said that several people from his entourage "attacked" law enforcers therefore the latter had to use force.

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