MEP Viola von Cramon has slammed the Georgian Dream government for spreading the videos of former president Mikheil Saakashvili yesterday, on his way to a prison hospital on Monday, on the 39th day of his hunger strike.
“Spreading these videos by the Georgian government is deplorable. The case becomes increasingly political and Georgian Dream more and more resembles the previous government.
Georgia deserves better,” Cramon has tweeted.
The Special Penitentiary Service of Georgia spread two videos of Saakashvili yesterday to dismiss accusations that Saakashvili was abused by the prison personnel during his transfer to a prison hospital to prevent complications in his health.
The videos show that Saakashvili did not wish to leave the emergency vehicle and he insulted the people in the car.
The videos also show that Saakashvili was forcibly taken down from the vehicle and brought to the Gldani prison hospital.
Saakashvili says that the transfer happened against his will and he was physically and verbally abused by the prison personnel.
The government said that Saakashvili and his United National Movement party planned unrest at a private clinic if Saakashvili was brought there.
Saakashvili is a citizen of Ukraine and current head of the Executive Committee of the Ukrainian National Reforms Council.
He was arrested in Tbilisi on October 1 after eight years in political exile, stating that he returned to remove the Georgian Dream government from power.
The third president was convicted in Georgia back in 2018 for abuse of power in absentia and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Saakashvili also faces five charges related to embezzlement, illegal takeover of property and others.