Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who reportedly has been on hunger strike for 39 days, has been transferred to Gldani No.18 prison hospital ‘to prevent deterioration in his health due to increased risks,' the Georgian Special Penitentiary Service reports.
Saakashvili's lawyer Beka Basilaia says that neither family members nor his lawyers were notified about the transfer, claiming that ‘it is abduction that puts extra stress on the person on hunger-strike.’
Saakashvili’s mother Giuli Alasania said that her son was ‘taken away by armoured vehicles, then put in a helicopter.’
President @SaakashviliM kidnapped from Rustavi prison by helicopter, reportedly transferred to Gldani prison hospital without any prior notification. He's been in critical condition after refusing medical checkups & medication amid the GD defamation campaign on his hunger strike— UNM Georgia (ენმ) (@UNMGeorgia) November 8, 2021
Ex-president’s personal doctor Nika Kipshidze said earlier today that a medical council agreed to transfer Saakashvili to a civil hospital following the deterioration of his health.
Saakashvili, who was arrested on October 1 ahead of municipal elections in the country after allegedly illegally crossing the border, refused to receive hunger-related treatment following the release of footage by the penitentiary service of him receiving food in Rustavi Prison No.12 on November 6.
The opposition leaders claim that the Saakashvili’s transfer to Gldani hospital poses a great danger considering medical and safety conditions in the facility.
Georgian Public Defender Nino Lomjaria also states that the situation in the institution does not fully comply with the recommendations of the medical council.