The Empathy center, a domestic organization ensuring aid to currently imprisoned former president Mikheil Saakashvili, on Thursday said its 2,980-page medical report was available over the convicted former official, which said Saakashvili suffers more than 20 health issues, with 10 of them leading.
The organization said 10 domestic and six foreign medical experts had been drafting the report between July 1 and November 28, and that the current condition could lead to the death of the former president.
The Empathy centre said that before his arrest in Tbilisi in October 2021, Saakashvili was
“practically healthy, had arterial hypertension, and was taking symptomatic medication; also due to the anxiety-depressive condition that developed in the post-covid period (2020-2021), he was taking certain medication in small doses, with periodic interruptions”.
“There were no neurological disorders of any kind. Currently, Saakashvili has symptoms and diagnoses (neuro-psychological, gastro-enterological, as well as support-motor system, vision), fever of unknown etiology, anorexia, rapid weight loss, pain in muscles, joints and bones, excoriations, scratches, muscle shedding, which may represent the results of an unidentified infectious process and/or possible intoxication, since the toxicological examination of the hair sample revealed more Ba, Bi, mercury (Hg) than the documentation limit. These toxic substances are dangerous because they can cause not only physical but also sometimes mental disorders”, said the organization.
The centre claimed that “therefore, we believe that Saakashvili cannot be in the currently existing institution, as well as under conditions of imprisonment, since we consider it impossible to conduct a complete toxicological study in these institutions. Timely diagnosis of toxic agents, including chemical compounds and radioactive substances, is necessary, otherwise, taking into account the probability of intoxication, coma and death are expected”.
The organisation also pointed to possible torture and ill-treatment in custody, further deteriorating the condition of the convict, and said that Saakashvili should be transported either to the US or to some European states for “proper treatment”.