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Saakashvili Says Georgia To Charge Him With Plotting Coup

Mikheil Saakashvili (file photo)

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is also a former governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, has accused the authorities of Georgia and Ukraine of planning to accuse him of planning a coup in Georgia.

Saakashvili wrote on Facebook on August 26 that the Georgian authorities "in complete coordination with officials in Ukraine" were planning to make the accusation soon.

"They promised [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko that they would file the charges before September 10," he wrote.

He said the charges would give Ukrainian authorities "a legal basis" for detaining him if he entered Ukraine.

He added that the charges were risible and politically motivated.

Earlier the same day, Nika Gvaramia, the head of Georgia's Rustavi-2 television, said he believed charges of plotting a coup might be filed against Saakashvili.