December 11, 2017

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)

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