Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was arrested on his return today to his homeland in the South Caucasus, under an arrest warrant issued earlier, shortly before the local elections there..
This was announced by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, this evening, on the state TV.
“I would like to inform the people that the third president wanted by the country’s authorities has been arrested,” Garibashvili said, but he did not say where he is being held so far..
Earlier, Saakashvili said he had arrived in the Georgian port city of Batumi on the Black Sea.
“I risked my life and my freedom to get back,” he added on Facebook.
The former president had originally planned to travel to the capital, Tbilisi, tomorrow evening, but the authorities threatened to arrest him.
Saakashvili, who was convicted of abusing his position, had called for protests tomorrow, against the backdrop of organizing local elections in Georgia..
He said that the people should vote for the opposition party he founded, which he called the United National Movement Party.
The elections are also an important test for the government party in Georgia.
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