Saakashvili's Appointment To The Cabinet Of Ukraine Will Be Illegal Due To A Criminal Record In Georgia
Former President of Georgia and former Governor of the Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili due to a criminal record can not take the position of Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian newspaper "Obozrevatel."
"According to article 7 of the law "On the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine," could not be appointed to the post of Cabinet member the person has a criminal record not settled or withdrawn," the newspaper notes.
Moreover, the law does not specify whether it matters where the person was convicted. Thus, Saakashvili cannot be a member of the Ukrainian government, since he has a criminal record that has not been removed or repaid in Georgia.
The publication recalled that Saakashvili left Georgia in 2013, where several criminal cases were opened against him, and in some of them he was sentenced to prison terms in absentia. Now in Georgia against Saakashvili in court is a case of embezzlement of public funds. Also, criminal cases against the former President of Georgia and his associates were opened in 2008 in South Ossetia for crimes committed against the South Ossetian people.
The article states that all court decisions on Saakashvili made in Georgia are valid on the territory of Ukraine since Ukraine has ratified the European Convention on international recognition of judicial decisions in criminal cases and the agreement with Georgia on legal assistance and legal relations in civil and criminal cases.