Why did Georgia’s ex-leader Saakashvili threaten to jump off roof in Kiev?
It has not been one of the best days in the turbulent career of Georgia’s former President Mikhail Saakashvili, renowned for chewing his tie on TV. Today he threatened to jump off a roof in Kiev as Ukrainian police searched his apartment, Ukrainian media say.
Law enforcement officials broke the door to Saakashvili’s apartment in central Kiev on Tuesday morning. Security forces searched the flat, while the former president of Georgia and ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odessa Region confined himself to the roof of the building.
He threatened to jump off the roof, LB.ua news portal reported, while emergency crews were seen arriving at the scene carrying a ladder.
“They want to kidnap me because I’ve risen up to protect the Ukrainian people,” he told the crowds that gathered in the street. “They wanted to do it by stealth, but this did not work out.”
Eventually, Saakashvili was taken away from the roof by security forces, NewsOne said.