Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili on Saturday told the media it was “disappointing” that the currently imprisoned former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s “domestic and foreign allies” tried to obstruct the execution of justice and evade his punishment.
Papuashvili responded to the former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul’s article, published in an American daily newspaper Washington Post, in which McFaul said the American President Joe Biden and other leaders should call on the Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili to ensure Saakashvili’s release from prison on medical grounds.
I think people are confused about what is justice and what is politics, such statements serve only one purpose - to hinder the administration of justice”, Papuashvili noted, adding the postponement of the rest of his sentence on medical grounds was “only within the competence” of doctors and the court and the “commentators and politicians” could not decide it.
The former Georgian President has been receiving treatment at the Vivamedi clinic, because of his “health problems”, the Parliament Speaker said, stressing it was “regrettable” that he was not following doctors’ advice and prescriptions.
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. He has been receiving treatment at the Vivamedi clinic since May 12.
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.