Ukrainian judge turns down request to place Saakashvili under house arrest

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 11, 2017 1:21 PM

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian judge on Monday turned down the prosecutors' request to place Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili under house arrest, paving the way for his release from detention.

"The prosecutors' petition ... is dismissed," Judge Larysa Tsokol told the court.

Prosecutors accuse the 49-year-old of assisting a criminal organization, charges he says were trumped up to undermine his campaign to unseat Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Alison Williams)