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Ukrainian ombudsman not allowed to visit Saakashvili in Georgian prison

Source : 112 Ukraine

The reasons for Denisova's non-admission were not named
11:50, 16 November 2021

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Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova said she had been denied a meeting with Mikheil Saakashvili, the chairman of the executive committee of the National Reform Council of Ukraine, who is being held in prison in Georgia. She announced this on her Facebook page.

"Today I was denied a visit to Mikheil Saakashvili, a citizen of Ukraine and chairman of the executive committee of the National Council of Reforms under the President of Ukraine, at the Gldani penitentiary in Georgia. The Ministry of Justice of Georgia promised to inform about the reasons of refusal in the prepared letter," Denisova reported.

The ombudsman added that she would try to meet with the management and chief physician of the penitentiary № 18 to discuss the conditions of Saakashvili's detention and treatment.

"Today, we have conflicting data on Mikheil Saakashvili's health and how, if his health deteriorates, they will conduct resuscitation procedures in the absence of information, equipment and professionally trained doctors. That's why we want to go there now and decide what to do next," she said.

Related: Zelensky asks Georgian PM to let Ukrainian doctors visit Saakashvili

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.

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

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