Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, could be facing up to 11 years in prison on charges dating back to his presidency, including abuse of power.

A court in Ukraine, where he currently resides and is also facing criminal charges, recently rejected his appeal for protection against extradition. 

When asked about the possibility that he will be forced to go back to Georgia, Saakashvili believes the government in Tbilisi does not want him to return.

"[The] Georgian government, despite their formal announcements, are very scared that if I ever get extradited to Georgia, then they will just be wiped out by an unhappy populace, where their present government is extremely unpopular," says Saakashvili.

In this week's Headliner, we speak to Saakashvili, who is also the leader of Ukrainian opposition party Movement of the New Forces, about his continued political aspirations in Ukraine, his possible extradition and the allegations against him.

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Source: Al Jazeera News