EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell has said that he welcomes Ombudswoman Nino Lomjaria's decision to establish a group of medical experts to monitor the imprisoned former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili's health.
Lomjaria announced yesterday that she invited a group of medical experts to 'monitor the adequacy and timeliness' of medical services provided to Saakashvili.
Public Defender Establishes Multiprofile Group of Experts to Monitor Mikheil Saakashvili's Medical Services https://t.co/MUcTf26ymm— Ombudsman of Georgia (@Ombudsman_Geo) November 16, 2021
Hartzell praised the public defender's efforts, saying that Lomjaria and her team do an 'important' work in terms of human rights protection in Georgia.
Welcome additional medical expertise acquired by @Ombudsman_Geo and her team to assess Mr Saakashvili’s health situation objectively, as part of fulfilling her important constitutional mandate to supervise the protection of human rights in Georgia. pic.twitter.com/08Bxf6vsMv— Carl Hartzell (@CarlHartzellEU) November 17, 2021
Saakashvili was arrested in Tbilisi on October 1 after a clandestine return from eight years in political exile. He considers himself a ‘political prisoner’ and claims to be on a hunger strike.
Day 48 of a hunger strike. Mikheil Saakashvili’s health condition is getting critical. #FreeSaakashvili— Mikheil Saakashvili (@SaakashviliM) November 17, 2021
The medical council was created in the middle of October to monitor Saakashvili's health and issue recommendations regarding his treatment.
The former president, who was serving his sentence in Rustavi Prison No.12, was transferred to Gldani prison hospital on November 8 to ‘prevent deterioration in his health due to increased risks,' the penitentiary service reported.
Saakashvili released a letter from prison hospital on November 11, saying that he is ready to call off his hunger strike if taken to a multifunctional clinic for rehabilitation.