The Special Penitentiary Service will not go against the involvement of foreign doctors in the medical care of the convicted former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, the Justice Ministry said on Thursday.
In its statement, the Ministry explained that in November 2022 it had offered Saakashvili to bring doctors from abroad to participate in his treatment at the Vivamedi civilian clinic in Tbilisi [where he has been undergoing treatment since May 2022].
Any doctor, “invited directly” by Saakashvili’s family, who satisfies the preconditions defined by the Georgian legislation, can participate in the former President’s treatment, the Ministry added.
Saakashvili was arrested in Tbilisi in October 2021 after his clandestine return to Georgia. He has been serving a six-year term for two separate cases of abuse of power while in office, with three other cases involving his term pending.
His lawyers and family members have claimed the former President was in “urgent need” of treatment abroad, alleging local professionals had been “unable” to make “accurate diagnosis and ensure relevant treatment” for months.
In contrast to the claims, penitentiary authorities have said the former President has been engaged in “self-harm” and disobedience of doctors’ instructions, with the aim of facilitating an “escape from justice”.