Georgian ex-president Saakashvili arrested in Ukraine dramatic rooftop scene

Saakashvili Defiant As Police Clash With Supporters At Kyiv Protest Camp

The saga threatens to embarrass the pro-Western leadership in Kiev, although Saakashvili's party, which is now seeking to unseat Poroshenko at the ballot box, does not have nationwide support, opinion polls show.

Ukraine's intelligence agency SBU detained the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who has emerged as an anti-corruption campaigner in his new country.

Saakashvili was granted Ukrainian citizenship and invited by President Petro Poroshenko to become governor of the Odessa region after the "Maidan" protests ousted a pro-Russian president in early 2014, but the two later fell out.

Mr Saakashvili climbed on to the roof of his home in Kiev, drawing a crowd of supporters below, and threatened to jump off, Ukrainian media reported.

"The fight against corruption is a key element in the development of EU-Ukraine relations, upon which the success of other reforms rests", the EU said in a statement, which referred to Nabu's claim that the prosecutor general's office had wrecked an undercover operation to catch bribe-taking officials.

She said the investigation against Saakashvili would be carried out by the national police and the Security Service of Ukraine, country's top agency for counterintelligence and terrorism.

However, in a tense stand-off, Saakashvili's supporters freed him from the van with little police resistance.

According to local media reports, law enforcement officers had arrested Saakashvili from his apartment.

"I am prepared to meet an investigator of the prosecutor in the tent city", he said.

Mr Saakashvili, formerly Georgian, then Ukrainian, is now a stateless person, as his Ukrainian citizenship was removed by Mr Poroshenko, after a falling out.

Riot police have been deployed to the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev amid a stand-off with hundreds of protesters who had blocked a police van carrying an arrested politician.

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