Mikheil Saakashvili, the former President of Georgia, has this morning appeared on a rooftop in Kiev before threatening to jump off.

According to his close associate David Sakravedlidze, at approximately 7am local time government prosecutors appeared at his home in the Ukrainian capital. They had tried to force entry and conduct a search of his apartment, he added.  

Mr Saakashvili, who has been based in Ukraine for the past three years, fled to his roof in protest as a crowd of supporters gathered below. He has now been arrested, with video from the scene showing officers taking him away as several hundred protesters try to block the road.

It is well known that Mr Saakashvili is in direct conflict with Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko. Mr Poroshenko has not been afraid to use governmental bodies such as the prosecutor’s office against his foe.

The controversial Georgian politician was the driving force behind an opposition “March for Impeachment” on 3 December.

Mr Saakashvili and Mr Poroshenko had been allies at one point. In May 2015, the President even, sensationally, appointed him Governor of Odessa Oblast. He entered the job with many reform promises but ultimately was unable to make any real inroads.

The two men fell out towards the end of Mr Saakashvili’s tenure as governor.


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