State Inspector's Service investigates alleged 'inhumane treatment' of ex-pres. Saakashvili

The Inspector's Service has already questioned the Rustavi prison employee. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 18 Nov 2021 - 19:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

The State Inspector's Service of Georgia has launched an investigation into alleged 'inhumane treatment' of former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili who is currently in prison.

Saakashvili, who was serving his sentence in Rustavi Prison No. 12, was transferred to Gldani prison hospital on November 8 to ‘prevent a deterioration in his health due to increased risks,' the penitentiary service reported.

The former president later claimed that prison staff verbally and physically abused him during the transfer, saying ‘[they] dragged me to the ground and hit me several times in the neck.’  

In the course of the investigation, the Inspector's Service has questioned the Rustavi prison employee, who said that he was invited for questioning 'by mistake.'

The Inspector's Service is also planning to question doctor Zurab Paghava, who took part in the medical council assessing Saakashvili's health.

The Special Penitentiary Service of Georgia released a video depicting Saakashvili's transfer to the prison hospital on November 11. As a response, the State Inspector's Service said that it is 'absolutely unacceptable' to publish personal data of the former Georgian president.