Ukraine president denies hampering anti-corruption efforts

09 December, 2017, 10:38 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili center speaks to people wounded during clashes with police in Kiev Ukraine Wednesday Dec. 6 2017

Saakashvili was left stateless, but he returned to Ukraine in September, boldly barging across the border with Poland aided by a crowd of supporters. His court hearing is supposed to be held on Monday.

The ousted committee head, Yegor Sobolev, said: "The former and present corrupt elite have colluded".

Saakashvili was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship by Poroshenko in July while overseas and is now stateless.

"They must be independent, protected from political influence". He also calls upon the global organisations to follow the developments in Ukraine.

Poroshenko's faction is the largest in parliament and the president also nominates the general prosecutor.

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On Friday Poroshenko said he would soon introduce a draft law to set up such a court, taking into account recommendations by the Venice Commission, a leading European rights watchdog.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he has not interfered in the work of state anticorruption agencies, comments that come amid mounting domestic and foreign pressure over Kyiv's commitment to combating graft.

"The situation with Saakashvili is not worthy of worldwide attention, because there are specific crimes that were committed and we must ensure transparency of the investigation and absolute openness", Poroshenko said.

Ukraine's general prosecutor said on Friday police had recaptured the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who was freed from police custody by his supporters in dramatic scenes earlier this week.

His detention was the latest twist in a prolonged feud between the Ukrainian authorities and Saakashvili, who has turned on his one-time patron Poroshenko, accusing him of corruption and calling for his removal from office.

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