February 29, 2024

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Former President Mikheil Saakashvili has warned that his health is deteriorating in prison and that he is nearing death.

Former President Mikheil Saakashvili has warned that his health is deteriorating in prison and that he is nearing death.
Jailed former president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili (REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze)

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili warned this Sunday that he was “close to death” after being poisoned And the weight has gone from 120 to 56 kg. Georgian authorities deny he was poisoned and attribute his deterioration to poor nutrition.

Saakashvili was admitted to a hospital where he was transferred from prison where he is serving a sentence for abuse of power due to his poor health.

Saakashvili described an indirect connection with the British chain skynews “I used to weigh 120 kilograms and now I weigh 64”, according to his lawyer. “Doctors believe that if I go below 60, multiple organs will fail,” he explained in a handwritten response to questions from the British chain.

“I’m always in bed. My bones are broken and I’m in a lot of pain.”, he added in a message sent by his lawyer, Shalva Kachapuritse.

Khachapuritse noted that Saakashvili’s condition was deteriorating day by day. “It’s a scary sight. He looks like a prisoner from a concentration camp in Nazi Germany.”declared the lawyer skynews.

The former president used the occasion to address tens of thousands of demonstrators who took to the streets in Georgia against the law, which is seen as pro-Russian. “Be very careful. Be ready to mobilize quickly at short notice as oligarchs rule with vengeance,” he warned.

Mikheil Saakashvili served as the President of Georgia from 2004 to 2013. Valery Kelashvili is serving a six-year sentence on two counts of abuse of power in connection with the assault.An opposition politician, by special police forces in 2005.

Thousands of Georgians protest in front of the government headquarters in central Tbilisi, demanding that former President Saakashvili be transferred abroad for treatment (REUTERS / Irakli Gedenidze)

Saakashvili was tried and convicted in absentia in 2018. He was arrested upon his return to Georgia on October 1, 2021 and faces additional abuse of power charges. His supporters say the charges are politically motivated.

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) and International Amnesty They have called for Saakashvili’s release on humanitarian and health grounds. He too European Union Parliament He has requested his release so that he can undergo treatment abroad.

weeks ago, About a thousand of Saakashvili’s supporters demonstrated in front of the government headquartersin the center of Tbilisi, to request his transfer to a clinic abroad.

Demonstrators carried the flags of Georgia, the European Union and Ukraine, as well as banners with photographs of the former president, who is currently in custody at one of the main clinics in the Georgian capital.

He announced at the rally that the protests will continue until the ex-president is transferred abroad on humanitarian grounds. Alexander KubravaA member of the opposition United National Movement Party formed by Saakashvili.

Former Georgian President Saakashvili prays for Ukraine during a court hearing in Tbilisi (REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze)

Georgie BaramidgeThe same opposition member noted that “Georgian authorities are guilty of cynically murdering Saakashvili.”

Georgian Minister of Justice Rathi PregadseFor his part, he announced to the television network media Officials are “doing everything possible to take care of Saakashvili, who is in the hospital under constant medical observation.”

Last month Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky joined international condemnation of Saakashvili’s situation, warning that “he is being slowly assassinated”. “At this time, the Ukrainian citizen and former president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili is slowly being assassinated. Shame that in 21st century Europe we still have to fight against the de facto public execution of a person! ” he wrote on his Twitter account.

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He added: “I am appealing to the Georgia authorities as there is a threat to his life Remember your obligations under European standards To protect human rights, stop the abuse and free Michael. Ukraine offered solutions. I am asking the world to help save Mikhail’s life and prevent his execution.”

(with information from Europa Press and EFE)

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