Ex-Pres. Saakashvili has not requested foreign doctor for treatment - Justice Minister

Georgian Justice Minister Rati Bregadze on Monday reiterated his office was ready to allow a foreign professional’s involvement in the former President’s treatment. Photo: Justice Ministry press office 

Agenda.ge, 20 Mar 2023 - 17:58, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Justice Minister Rati Bregadze on Monday said neither the imprisoned former President Mikheil Saakashvili nor his family and legal team had requested involvement of foreign medical professionals in his treatment following an offer by the Georgian authorities.

Speaking to the media following the weekly Government meeting, the Minister said his office had offered Saakashvili’s family in November 2022 to invite “any doctor, from any foreign clinic” to monitor his health at the Vivamedi civilian clinic in Tbilisi, where Saakashvili has been undergoing treatment since May of that year. 

The official also rejected media reports alleging the Government had prevented a group of Polish professionals from visiting the former official in the clinic as “fake”. 

Rikard Jozwiak, the Europe Editor of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, last week tweeted Polish professionals had been granted access to Saakashvili, with the date of the visit not specified. He also added the approval was not related to the former official’s transfer to Poland “or elsewhere” for treatment.