EU ambassador welcomes ombudswoman's efforts in monitoring Saakashvili's health

  • 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. Photo: EU Delegation's press office

Agenda.ge, 17 Nov 2021 - 18:48, Tbilisi,Georgia

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.

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.

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.

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.

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