The transfer by the Georgian side of ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to Ukraine, or his early release from prison are excluded as Ekho Kavkaza reported citing PM of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili.
"Of course, early release of Saakashvili is out of the question. His transfer to Ukraine is also excluded. If we do one or the other, it means that our entire government must write a statement and resign the next day," Garibashvili said.
He added that the transfer of the ex-president to Ukraine or his early release would mean that "the government does not respect the laws of the country."
Garibashvili also said that the authorities refused to transport the starving Saakashvili to a private clinic for treatment in order to avoid clashes between his supporters and the police near the medical facility.
“According to his plan, we have to move him to a private clinic. You are aware that there are no security conditions in a private clinic. Now we have Covid. There are many patients and visitors there. There are no security measures. Further, their plan is to mobilize several thousand people, 4-5,000 or 10,000. We will have to deploy the police, use special means and be in eternal chaos and disorder," Garibashvili said.
As it was reported earlier, former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has reported that he arrived in his motherland for the first time since 2013 on October 1. However, that same evening Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stated that Saakashvili was arrested and had already been taken to the penitentiary. There Saakashvili went on a hunger strike.
The Ministry of Justice of Georgia has proposed to the Ministry of Health to create a multifunctional group of doctors to assess the health of the ex-president's prisoner.
Later it became known that the consilium of Georgian doctors recommended to hospitalize the arrested.
The Ukrainian side has repeatedly stated its plans to return Saakashvili to Ukraine. At the same time, the Georgian authorities do not intend to extradite the detainee.