Saakashvili claims he's ready to "starve to death for Georgia's freedom"

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine's ombudswoman asks the Georgian government to provide due treatment for the ex-president of this country
18:22, 8 November 2021

Former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili claimed he intends to starve himself to death "for the liberty of Georgia". He himself wrote that on his Facebook page.

"Now I intend to die of hunger, so as to contribute to the liberation of our motherland, saving its European path and the release of the Russian oligarchy", Saakashvili wrote. 

At the same time, Ukraine's ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova asked the Georgian government to provide due treatment for the ex-president of this country. "As he starves for 39 consecutive days, the health of Mikheil Saakashvili, the citizen of Ukraine and the Head of the Executive Committee for the National Council for Reforms by the side of President of Ukraine worsens rapidly. According to the consilium of doctors who visited Mikheil at the penitentiary facility No.12 in Rustavi (Georgia) today, his heath conditions are poor and may worsen every minute", Denisova wrote.

Related: Jailed Saakashvili accused of plotting coup

According to his lawyers, Saakashvili has been on hunger strike for more than a month while staying behind the bars.

The politician faces a six-year sentence after being convicted in absentia in 2018 of abuse of power and concealing evidence when he was president, charges he rejects as politically motivated.

Saakashvili led the Rose Revolution in 2003 that ousted veteran leader Eduard Shevardnadze. Saakashvili served as president from 2004 to 2013 before leaving the country and building a new political career in Ukraine.

He was arrested on October 1 after returning to Georgia on the eve of local elections on what he described as a mission to rally the opposition and save the country.

Related: Protesters in Georgia rally in support of jailed Saakashvili

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