Putting perceptions before facts made West a “victim” of Saakashvili’s “fake campaign” - Parliament Speaker

Parliament Speaker said the  foreign partners were “perfectly capable of succumbing to false perceptions, thus undermining the trust in our relations”. Photo: Parliament press office 

Agenda.ge, 22 Jun 2023 - 13:58, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Western partners were made “victims” of a “fake campaign” by the imprisoned former President Mikheil Saakashvili, after the former put “perceptions before facts” in following claims by the former official’s supporters on his ill-treatment in detention and need for transfer abroad for medical treatment, Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili said on Thursday.

In a social media post, which followed Saakashvili’s announcement last week about his plans for “active engagement” in domestic politics, Papuashvili said the partners’ alleged preference for using perceptions around the case instead of facts had led to some of them falling victim to the “disinformation campaign”.

The response also came after the European Court of Human Rights’ rejection last month of the imprisoned former official’s application to see the Georgian Government ordered to facilitate his transfer abroad on health grounds.