Georgian patriarch asks Saakashvili to stop hunger strike

Patriarch’’s secretary Mikael Botkoveli visited ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili in prison earlier today., 07 Oct 2021 - 16:03, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Patriarch Ilia II has requested the country’s third president Mikheil Saakashvili, who is currently serving a prison term in Rustavi Prison No.12, to suspend hunger strike ‘which is not a Christian way of behaviour.’ 

The secretary of Ilia II, Mikael Botkoveli, visited Saakashvili in prison earlier today and conveyed to him the patriarch’s ‘blessing and the request on behalf of the church to stop the hunger strike.’ 

Saakashvili went on hunger strike on October 1, shortly after he was detained in the Sanzona neighbourhood of Tbilisi. 

His lawyer says that the ex-president still lacks a TV set and a mattress. 

The ruling Georgian Dream (GD) MP Mikheil Sarjveladze says that if Saakashvili’s health worsens, it will not be the fault of the GD.