Former Georgian President Saakashvili has agreed to end the hunger strike if he is transferred to a civilian hospital

Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakasvili pledged this Thursday to end the hunger strike that began a few weeks ago because of his imprisonment while he is being transferred to a civilian hospital.

This was announced by his lawyer Nika Gvaramia after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) asked him to end the hunger strike. Saakashvili has indicated that the medical association, which monitors his health, should select a high-tech hospital to be admitted to after the hunger strike.

However, he has stressed the importance of the council being formed impartially, with half of its members being appointed by the government and the other half by Saakashvili himself, according to information from the Civil news portal.

Former Georgian President Saakashvili has agreed to end the hunger strike if he is transferred to a civilian hospital
Former Georgian President Saakashvili has agreed to end the hunger strike if he is transferred to a civilian hospital

The prison authorities had previously denied that his health was deteriorating, despite warnings from his doctor Nikoloz Kipshidze and those around him. Last Thursday, Georgian opposition MP Elene Joshtaria of the Droa party announced a hunger strike to demand the transfer of the former president to a civilian hospital.

On October 1, Saakashvili, who had returned to Georgia to attend local elections, was arrested by the country’s authorities. The former president is involved in several criminal cases opened in the country.

The former president was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment, according to the Georgian prosecutor’s office, including three years for involvement in the murder of banker Sandro Guirgvliani and another six years for beating MP Valeri Guelashvili.

In addition, in connection with the demonstration by the opposition on November 7, 2007, Saakashvili was charged with property damage to the Imedi broadcaster and with alleged embezzlement.

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