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Poland grants Ukraine's request for Saakashvili's readmission

The decision was taken because his wife is an EU citizen.

Poland grants Ukraine's request for Saakashvili's readmission
Mikheil Saakashvili
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Poland has granted Ukraine's request for former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's readmission, its border service has said on its website.

"On 12 February 2018, Mr Mikheil Saakashvili was allowed to enter the Republic of Poland. The basis for the adoption of this decision was a readmission application submitted by the National Migration Service of Ukraine to the commander-in-chief of the Border Guard. Taking into account the fact that Saakashvili is the spouse of a citizen of an EU member state, the request of the Ukrainian side was approved," it said.

Saakashvili's wife is Dutch citizen Sandra Roelofs. They have two children.

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.