The Special Penitentiary Service of Georgia has released footage showing the transfer of arrested former president Mikheil Saakashvili to Gldani prison hospital on November 8.
Justice Minister Rati Bregadze stated earlier today that the goal to release the video was to dismiss allegations of Saakashvili’s ‘abduction’ from Rustavi Prison No.12 and attacking him by Gldani prison staff.
Bregadze reiterated that it was Saakashvili who refused to leave the emergency vehicle and then verbally and physically abused the prison personnel.
He stated that Saakashvili was taken to Gldani prison hospital to prevent complications in his health and that the action was ‘in the full accordance with the law.’
Saakashvili claims that he did not know that he would be taken to a prison hospital and that the Gldani prison staff physically abused him.
The former president, who says that he is a political prisoner, has been on hunger strike for 42 days.
Saakashvili was convicted in Georgia back in 2018 in absentia for abuse of power and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Saakashvili has also been charged with illegal takeover of property, illegal rally dispersal, embezzlement and illegally crossing the border.