Former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who has plans to attend a trial concerning him in Tbilisi City Court on November 29, has called on his supporters to also gather there ‘as it will be the first opportunity for me in two months to personally address you.’
Saakashvili, who was arrested in Tbilisi on October 1, has also initiated the creation of a public committee which will take steps to ensure his release from prison.
In his Facebook post earlier today, Saakashvili says that his United National Movement opposition party will be active in this regard and thanked other opposition parties and members for their support.
Saakashvili, who is now a citizen of Ukraine and chairs the Executive Committee of the Ukrainian National Reforms Council, says that he returned after eight years in political exile to remove the ‘pro-Russian Georgian Dream from power.’
He was convicted in Georgia in absentia in 2018 for abuse of power and was sentenced to six years in prison. Saakashvili has also been charged with embezzlement, abuse of authority, illegal rally dispersal, illegally crossing the border and illegal seizure of property.
He says he is a political prisoner.
Saakashvili suspended his 50-day hunger strike last week and is now receiving medical care in Gori military hospital.