Ukrainian Police Recapture Former Georgian Leader Saakashvili

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Bilateral meetings between the presidents of Lithuania and Ukraine are traditionally held once a year.

Perceived backsliding by Kiev on its reform commitments, including delays in establishing an independent court to handle corruption cases, has held up billions of dollars in loans under Ukraine's $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund programme.

The ousted committee head, Yegor Sobolev, said: "The former and present corrupt elite have colluded". Saakashvili had received plaudits for his anti-corruption reforms in Georgia and was expected to try for similar results in Odessa. He also calls upon the worldwide organisations to follow the developments in Ukraine.

"Ukraine needs to ensure the independence of the NABU in such a way that politicians can not influence the NABU's work".

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

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"Mikheil Saakashvili won yesterday, and he won not when the Ukrainian people released him from the police minivan, but when he was arrested".

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. "Their plan is to break the independence of anti-corruption bodies and replace them with fake ones".

"If he flees from the investigation, this undermines his credibility", he added.

Dozens of Ukrainian police in riot gear raided a protest camp outside parliament on Wednesday in a failed attempt to detain former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who was freed from custody by supporters a day earlier, Reuters reported.

Law enforcement officers searched Saakashvili's apartment in Kyiv on December 5, dragged him off the roof, and bundled him into a vehicle.

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