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Ukraine's ombudswoman calls for investigation into Saakashvili's beating, his transfer to hospital

Source : 112 Ukraine

Denisova noted that the prison hospital did not meet the standards of medical care
19:58, 11 November 2021

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Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova called on the Georgian side to thoroughly investigate Saakashvili's beating during his hospitalization and transfer him to a hospital that meets medical care standards. Denisova wrote about it on Facebook.

"I appeal to the People's Defender of Georgia Nino Lomjaria to carefully investigate the circumstances of the violation of his rights to personal security and protection from torture by the staff of the Special Penitentiary Service. I demand from the Georgian authorities to immediately transfer Mikheil Saakashvili to a hospital that meets the standards of medical care, taking into account all the recommendations of the medical council," the statement reads.

She also called on the UN Committee against Torture and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to respond to the use of torture against Mikheil Saakashvili, a Ukrainian citizen, during his detention at Gldani Correctional Facility №18.

"Confirmation of the use of physical force and infliction of bodily harm on a citizen of Ukraine, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Reform Council under the President of Ukraine Mikheil Saakashvili by the Special Penitentiary Service during his placement in the №18 correctional facility in Gldan has been made public. The video shows the fact of torture and ill-treatment of Mikheil, which is a gross violation of Article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms," the statement reads.

As it was reported earlier, former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili reported that he had 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 taken to the penitentiary. There, Saakashvili went on a hunger strike.

Soon, ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili was transferred to the individual cell. Saakashvili refused to interrupt his hunger strike despite the worsening of health.

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.

At the same time, on November 7, the Georgian Penitentiary Service announced that Mikheil Saakashvili's state of health is stable and he is under constant supervision of the medical staff. And on November 6, the department released a video in which, according to it, Saakashvili allegedly eats baby puree.

In response, the ex-president said that he was going to "starve to death"ifor the sake of "freedom of Georgia."

On November 9, Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said that he was beaten during his transfer from the Rustavi prison to the prison hospital in Gldani.

Related: ECHR rejects Saakashvili's request to be transferred to private clinic, - Georgian Justice Minister

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