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Mandatory Credit: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia

Georgian police escorted the former president of the country, Mikhail Saakashvili, to the Rustavi prison, south of Tbilisi on Friday.

Police can be seen taking a smiling Saakashvili out of a squad car and leading him into the prison building.

"I would like to inform our society that the third president of Georgia, wanted man Mikhail Saakashvili, has been detained," Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said earlier during a briefing.

Saakashvili’s lawyer Bek Basilai also confirmed the arrest and called it politically motivated.

On Friday morning, the former head of state published a video message announcing his return to Georgia after spending eight years in Ukraine. The Interior Ministry refused to comment on the video.

Saakashvili also urged supporters to rally with him on Sunday to protest after Saturday’s municipal elections.

The former president led the country from 2004 to 2013 and was later convicted in absentia on corruption charges, which he denied.

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