Saakashvili: I’ll stop treatment if opposition MPs aren't permitted to see me

  • Former president Mikheil Saakashvili was arrested in Tbilisi a day before Georgian municipal elections on October 2. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 25 Nov 2021 - 18:13, Tbilisi,Georgia

Former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, who is now receiving medical care in Gori military hospital after a 50-day hunger strike, claims that opposition MPs have been banned from seeing him for more than a week. 

If the government will not allow them to visit me starting tomorrow, I will suspend treatment and will take the medications only I took before [being arrested],” Saakashvili posted on Facebook earlier today. 

He also said that the medical staff is being ‘terrorised’ not to speak with him and ‘take out my messages to the public.’ 

Yesterday Saakashvili initiated the creation of a ‘public commission’ which will ensure his release from prison. 

He said he is sure that the United National Movement opposition party will be ‘actively engaged in the creation of the commission.’ 

I expect that other opposition parties and members will be active in this regard which will cause a large involvement of the public. A number of rallies must be held and one large rally in December,” Saakashvili said. 

He stated that he will attend a trial hearing concerning him in Tbilisi City Court on November 29 and urged the public to gather there. 

It will be the first opportunity for me to address you (since my arrest),” Saakashvili said. 

Saakashvili, who is now a citizen of Ukraine and is holding an official post there, says that he returned after eight years in political exile to remove the Georgian Dream government from power. 

He was convicted in absentia in Georgia back in 2018 for abuse of power and was sentenced to six years in prison. 

Saakashvili has also been charged with five other offences, including illegal seizure of property, embezzlement, abuse of power, illegally crossing the border and illegal rally dispersal. 

He has been on hunger strike since his arrest in Tbilisi on October 1. 

Saakashvili suspended his hunger strike last week as he accepted the transfer to Gori military hospital.