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Georgia. Mikheil Saakashvili’s lawyer speaks of “simulated rebellion and liquidation of the former president”

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Mikheil Saakashvili’s lawyer suggested that after the transfer of the former Georgian president to a prison hospital, there could be a “government-simulated rebellion” that would result in “his liquidation”. Nika Gwaramia also said Saakashvili requires hospitalization because “there is a risk of cardiac arrest.”

– Transfer to the prison hospital will be associated with security problems and, according to our information, these problems will be imitated by the current country authorities. There will be a so-called simulating a rebellion that will end with the liquidation of Mikheil Saakashvili, said the lawyer of the former Georgian president Nika Gwaramia during the conference on Sunday.

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The lawyer also said that he had obtained information that “a special prisoner has already been placed in the prison hospital to take care of it”. He called on the Ombudsman of Georgia, Nino Lomjaria, to monitor the situation around Saakashvili.

Mikheil Saakashvili paparazzza / Shutterstock

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Appeal for hospitalization in a specialized clinic

Defenders of the former leader are demanding that the authorities resolve the issue of his hospitalization in a specialized clinic, where they can keep Saakashvili safe and take care of his health, taking into account all his needs. “There is a risk of cardiac arrest,” warned Gwaramia, adding that professional cardiac care would not be provided in a prison hospital.

Earlier, another lawyer of Saakashvili Bek Basili said the former president and his lawyers did not agree to hospitalization at the prison clinic indicated by the penitentiary services. Basilai argued that Saakashvili’s safety would not be ensured in such a place.

According to government officials in Tbilisi, the former president’s safety will be ensured if he is transferred to a prison hospital. “All prisoners are equal before the law and the approach to everyone will be absolutely the same,” Justice Minister Rati Bregadze told reporters.

Supporters of Saakashvili in Freedom Square in Tbilisi. Photo from October 14th ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE / PAP / EPA

Return to Georgia

Saakashvili he returned to Georgia from Ukraine (where he has lived in recent years and of which he is a citizen) in early October, secretly crossing the border. He argued that the purpose of his arrival was to mobilize supporters to participate in local elections. He was arrested and imprisoned in the city of Rustavi.

The president of Georgia in 2003-2007 and 2008-2013 returned to the country despite the imprisonment sentences imposed on him. Saakashvili was sentenced by a court in Tbilisi to six years in prison for alleged abuses of power. His surroundings and he himself believe that the criminal cases initiated after the pro-Russian Georgian Dream came to power are politically motivated.

Saakashvili considers himself a political prisoner. Immediately after his arrest, he began a hunger strike as a sign of protest. Due to his deteriorating health, he needed a blood transfusion, reminded the Georgian portal apsny.ge.

Main photo source: paparazzza / Shutterstock



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