Georgian Justice Minister Rati Bregadze has dismissed reports that no proper services are ensured for imprisoned former president Mikheil Saakashvili which has led to “seriously deteriorated heath,” saying that such “disinformation” aimed to mislead the public.
Bregadze said on Monday that all proper medical services are available for Saakashvili in prison, and that the third president has recently been transported to a multidisciplinary medical facility for checks.
“Reports that Sakashvili has been left without food are also a lie. He is provided with three meals a day. He also has the opportunity to buy any kind of product from the wide range of products available in the prison shop. He also has the right to receive parcels and he receives them on a regular basis. Saakashvili has had 800 visitors so far,” Bregadze said.
Bregadze noted that Saakashvili had the right to be in the fresh air and to walk, “but he refuses to do so,” adding that “he is fully supplied with all the medication he needs.”
Lali Javashvili, a member of the Empathy expert group, said today that Saakashvili’s transportation abroad for treatment is not recommended for now “due to a very poor health, as no noone knows what may happen while on the plane.”
Saakashvili’s lawyer, head of the opposition-minded Mtavari Arkhi channel Nika Gvaramia called on judges today to give instructions to the Special Penitentiary Service to ensure needed treatment for Saakashvili to “prevent his death.”
“He will not recover, this will not happen as this is a long process. However, doctors say that urgent, proper treatment is mandatory to prevent death,” Gvaramia told judges at Tbilisi City Court today, where a trial hearing is taking place on the opposition rally dispersal back in 2007 in which Saakashvili is charged with abuse of power.
Saakashvili was arrested in Tbilisi on October 1, 2021 after eight years in political exile.
At that time he was sentenced to six years in prison in absentia for abuse of authority.