Levan Ioseliani, a member of the Citizens opposition party and the Vice Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, on Wednesday said ensuring release of the imprisoned former President Mikheil Saakashvili was a goal of the opposition United National Movement party, while other domestic opposition parties were “not motivated by such goals”.
Ioseliani acknowledged the Government should ensure “no question marks” remained regarding the health conditions of Saakashvili, a matter of ongoing controversy between the former official’s legal team and a part of the opposition on the one hand, and authorities on the other.
Of course, his [Saakashvili’s] party will do everything to achieve his release and transfer [abroad]. I believe that there should be no question marks regarding Saakashvili's health. The Government should do everything so that no one has a question mark regarding his health, neither in the country nor abroad”, the MP told local media.
“As for the release, politicians have different positions on his release. His party's goal is to see him released, while other parties are not motivated by such goals”, the opposition MP added.
Saakashvili was arrested in Tbilisi in October 2021, after his clandestine return to Georgia, and is serving a six-year term for two separate abuse of power cases, with three other cases involving his term pending.
His lawyers and family members have claimed the former president is in “urgent need” of treatment abroad, adding local professionals had been “unable” to make “accurate diagnosis and ensure relevant treatment” for months.