Health professionals point to “positive dynamics” in imprisoned ex-Pres. Saakashvili’s health

Saakashvili was arrested in Tbilisi in October 2021 and is currently serving his six-year-term for abuse of power while in office in two separate cases. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 25 Oct 2023 - 18:08, Tbilisi,Georgia

Health professionals invited by the Georgian Public Defender’s Office have observed “some positive dynamics” in the condition of Mikheil Saakashvili, the imprisoned former President of Georgia, pointing out his improved sleep among the trends. 

The group of medical workers - composed of a neurologist, cardiologist, endocrinologist, reanimatologist, haematologist, therapist and clinical oncologist - monitored Saakashvili’s health last week and noted the former official still suffered from muscle atrophy, neuropathy and cognitive deterioration, the Ombudsman’s Office said on Wednesday. 

The group added Saakashvili was in need of a “close medical supervision”, after saying he “mostly lies down, feels weak and reluctantly answers the questions”, but “no longer sees nightmares”. 

Saakashvili, who was arrested in Tbilisi in October 2021 on his clandestine return from Ukraine after eight years in exile, has been receiving treatment at the Tbilisi-based Vivamedi clinic since May 2022. 

Despite his claims of alleged ill-treatment while in custody and an “urgent need” of foreign treatment, the European Court of Human Rights in May rejected his motion on transfer abroad on health grounds. The Court also rejected his transfer to another clinic inside the country.