Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who has been detained since arriving in the country in early October and is also on hunger strike, was hospitalized this Monday to “prevent his health from deteriorating,” the prison authorities said, although he did not was transferred to a civil hospital, as requested by the opposition.
In a statement, the Georgian Prison Service stated that the former president “has been moved from the 12th prison to the 18th medical facility for the accused and convicted to prevent deterioration and increased threats to health.”
In addition, they have announced that they will provide “additional information in stages”, according to the text collected by the Ambebi news portal. The former president has been on hunger strike for almost 40 days.
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.
According to the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office, the former president was sentenced to nine years in prison, 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 is charged with damage to property at the Imedi broadcaster and with alleged embezzlement.