Ukraine: Saakashvili skips 'illegal' crossing trial to 'meet Cherkasy people'

Former Odessa Region Governor and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili failed to appear before the court to face a hearing on his alleged «illegal» entry into Ukraine, Friday, to hold a rally and «meet the people of Cherkasy.» Earlier in the day, Saakashvili announced on his Facebook page that he would not appear before the court as he «decided not to cancel planned meetings with the... Еще people of Cherkasy.» The Lviv district court, which resumed the hearing on Saakashvili's case, found the former Odessa region governor guilty of an «illegal» border crossing and fined him 3,400 hryvnia (€108,29/$129,33). On July 26, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko deprived Saakashvili, who was appointed the Odessa region governor in May 2015, of his Ukrainian citizenship. Together with his supporters, the former Georgian leader succeeded in breaking through border control and entering Ukraine from Poland earlier in September. Reportedly, some 22 border control officers were injured as a result of the Mostitsky breakthrough. Earlier in the week, Saakashvili stated that he would settle in central Ukraine, in the Cherkassy region, and then «travel all over Ukraine.»

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