The trial is held against Mikhail Saakashvili, the leader of the Movement of New Forces party, at the Pechersk District Court in Kyiv.

QHA correspondent reported that activists are gathering near the building of the Pechersk District Court of the city of Kyiv, where the leader of the Movement of New Forces Mikheil Saakashvili was earlier delivered.

According to our correspondent, Saakashvili performed the anthem of Ukraine and Georgia in the courtroom.

Meanwhile, journalist Vladimir Ryets informed on his Facebook page that near the Pechersk District Court building, where Mikhail Saakashvili is being tried, an explosion was reported.

According to him, a firecracker exploded.

Saakashvili’s political force also provides online broadcasting.

Earlier, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine stated that prosecutors would file a petition with the court to elect a preventive measure for detained Saakashvili in the form of a house arrest and wearing an ankle monitor.

The security forces detained Mikhail Saakashvili, ex-governor of the Odesa region and leader of the Movement of New Forces party, on December 8.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine and the Security Forces of Ukraine accuse him of assisting criminal organizations. Thus, the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said that Saakashvili had allegedly received $ 500,000 from the oligarch Sergey Kurchenko, and used the money to fund his protest actions in Ukraine. For his part, Saakashvili was supposed to help Kurchenko with his business interests.

The basis for the accusations was the recording of telephone conversations between Kurchenko and Saakashvili and between their assistants as well. Saakashvili is charged with Part 2 of Article 256 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Art. 256 of the Criminal Code provides for criminal liability for "unpredicted assistance to members of criminal organizations in advance and the concealment of their criminal activities by providing premises, vaults, vehicles, information, documents, technical devices, money, securities, as well as other actions not initiated in advance to create conditions conducive to their criminal activity ".

Part 2 stipulates that such actions committed by an official are punishable by imprisonment for a term of 5 to 10 years, with the deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term of up to three years. Saakashvili himself denies all accusations.