Polish MPs have addressed the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, and the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore, to initiate an ‘immediate action’ in order ‘to persuade the Georgian authorities to release’ the third president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who was detained in Tbilisi on October 1, Polish MP Malgozata Gosievska posted on Facebook today.
“Due to the deteriorating health of the arrested Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, I initiated a meeting with the representatives of the Polish Parliament at which we have issued the appeal,” she said.
Saakashvili has been on hunger strike since the day of his arrest on October 1.
His United National Movement (UNM) party members claim that Saakashvili’s health has worsened over the past several days.
Public Defender Nino Lomjaria also says that she wishes a group of doctors to check Saakashvili’s health in prison.
Earlier she said that Saakashvili received adequate treatment in Rustavi Prison No.12.
The Georgian Justice Ministry stated earlier this week that Saakashvili’s health condition is satisfactory and he is under the supervision of a doctor.
Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili said that Saakashvili had requested honey and fresh juices and that ‘he tries to stage a provocation with his hunger strike.’
Saakashvili was detained a day before Georgian municipal elections.
He claims he returned to Georgia after eight years in political exile to ‘save the country’ from the Georgian Dream leadership.
Saakashvili, who is a citizen of Ukraine and chairs the Executive Committee of the Ukrainian National Reforms Council, wishes to be released from prison before municipal election run-offs on October 30.
The former president was convicted in Georgia in absentia in 2018 and was sentenced to six years in prison for abuse of authority.
He has also been charged with four other offences related to the illegal seizure of property, embezzlement, illegal rally dispersal, and illegal border-crossing.