Mikheil Saakashvili’s health has deteriorated and his hospitalization is needed, his personal doctor Likoloz Kipszydze said on Sunday in a TV program. The former president of Georgia runs a hunger strike in a prison in Rustawi.
– His condition worsened. He has difficulty moving and it is difficult to communicate with him. Saakashvili suffers from thalassemia – congenital anemia. It is not a fatal disease, but it should absolutely not be fasting. I’m going to visit him again tomorrow. We will probably take him to the hospital – said Kipszydze.
About 1,000 people gathered in front of the parliament in Tbilisi on Sunday evening to protest once again against Saakashvili’s imprisonment. They demanded his release from prison, the restoration of Georgian citizenship and an end to the persecution. Another rally in support of the former president is to be held on Thursday.
Saakashvili denies the accusations
Saakashvili was detained on October 1 after arriving in Georgia from Ukraine. On October 4, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced that the arrest of the former president was intended to prevent a “provocation” ahead of local elections. The ruling Georgian Dream party won the local elections on October 2, the day after the arrest of Saakashvili, who had returned from exile to support the opposition. Saakashvili, who was the president of Georgia in the years 2004-2007 and 2008-2013, in recent years he stayed in Ukraine, the citizenship of which he acquired to be involved in the local politics and state activities. He was stripped of his Georgian citizenship.
Prime Minister Garibashvili announced that the former president would spend “at least six years” in prison. So far he has already been legally convicted of abuse of power. He also suggested that he might get new sentences. After serving his sentence, Garibashvili noted, the former president may return to Ukraine, of which he is now a citizen. Saakashvili dismisses all the accusations and says they are politically motivated.
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