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Ukraine prosecutor says likely to extradite Saakashvili to Georgia

Ukrainian opposition figure and Georgian former President Mikheil Saakashvili speaks during a court hearing in Kiev, Ukraine December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

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KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine is likely to extradite former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili though he could be tried in Ukraine if a decision on his appeal to remain in the country is delayed, Ukrainian General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said on Friday.

Saakashvili entered Ukraine in September despite being stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship in a protracted standoff with the Kiev authorities. He is wanted in Georgia on four charges including abuse of office, which he says are trumped up.

In Ukraine, Saakashvili is accused of assisting a criminal organization, which he calls a fabricated allegation to undermine his campaign to unseat President Petro Poroshenko

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams; editing by John Stonestreet)

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