Jailed Saakashvili calls for Ukraine president's impeachment

The vote Thursday comes after this week's attempts to arrest former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who has become a high-profile anti-corruption campaigner in Ukraine.

On Tuesday, amid turbulent scenes, Saakashvili's followers freed him from a police van after he had been taken into custody on suspicion of assisting a criminal organisation.

"Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said the 49-year-old anti-corruption campaigner was arrested on charges of trying to stage a coup sponsored by Russian Federation".

A statement posted on his official Facebook page called for a protest at the detention center.

Lagarde said she and Poroshenko discussed the need to safeguard the independence of NABU and similar institutions and that they agreed on the urgency of establishing an anti-corruption court.

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Before moving to Ukraine, Mr Saakashvili served for nearly 10 years as president of Georgia.

"We consider it unacceptable when the leaders of any law enforcement bodies, including anti-corruption, begin to play in the political field", he told a news conference during a visit to the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. But supporters blocked the streets and pulled him from the vehicle, and he led a march to parliament.

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. Georgia had earlier stripped his citizenship and sought his extradition on charges of abuse of power while president.

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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