For several days, the personal doctor of Mikhail Saakashvili was alarming that the politician’s health was critical. The former appealed to stop the hunger strike President Georgian Patriarch Ilya II. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg made a similar recommendation. Mikheil Saakashvili has vowed to end the hunger strike if he is taken from the prison hospital where he claimed he was humiliated to a city clinic.
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the acting President Salome Zurabishvili of Georgia has appealed to the judiciary and prison authorities to treat Mikhail Saakashvili as a special prisoner.
“We are all equal before the law, but when it comes to treatment in prison, the former president must be treated, because of his previous position and the assessment of world public opinion,” the Georgian media quoted in a statement Salome Zurabishvili. .
Georgia. Mikheil Saakashvili arrested
The former Georgian president returned to his homeland on October 1, after 8 years in exile. He did so the day before the local elections. As he himself stated, he wanted to support his followers. The associated United National Movement Party came in second elections. In 20 cities, their mayoral candidates will participate in the second round of voting scheduled for October 30.
After Saakashvili’s return, he was sent to prison. In Poland, he faces a 6-year prison sentence for abuse of power, issued in 2018. Saakashvili claimed he was innocent and described the court’s decision as political revenge for the ruling Georgian Dream Party and its founder, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili.
Saakashvili holds Ukrainian citizenship and serves as head of the International Advisory Council for Reform in President Ukraine. The local authorities announced that they would provide the politician with consular protection.
In October, more than 40 politicians – including some Polish MEPs – signed an open letter calling for Mikheil Saakashvili’s release. The signatories indicated that Mikhail Saakashvili had received charges in which he was sentenced in absentia. As they wrote, his arrest deepens the political crisis in Georgia. In their opinion, the sentence should be suspended until the former president is brought to trial.
“The era of politicized justice in Georgia must finally come to an end” – the authors of the open list noted.
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