Doctors To Visit Georgia Ex-leader On Hunger Strike: Lawyer
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Tue 19th October 2021 | 02:40 PM
Tbilisi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Oct, 2021 ) :Georgia's jailed ex-president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili who has been on hunger strike for nearly three weeks will be examined by doctors on Tuesday, his lawyer said.
His doctor has expressed concern over the risk of irreversible damage to his health.
"On Tuesday afternoon, a council of medics set up by the government will examine his health condition and decide on whether or not he needs hospitalisation," Saakashvili's lawyer, Dito Sadzaglishvili, told AFP.
Georgia's Justice Minister Rati Bregadze told journalists: "our sole interest is that his rights are respected and his health is stable." Saakashvili's personal doctor, Nikoloz Kipshidze, who visited him in custody, has said the former leader's "underlying blood disorder makes his hunger strike particularly dangerous." Under Georgian law, a medical intervention without a patient's consent is only allowed "if the person is unconscious and there is an imminent risk to his life," Sadzaglishvili said.
Saakashvili served as the Caucasus country's president between 2004 and 2013. He also founded the country's main opposition force.
He was convicted in absentia on charges of abuse of office and sentenced to six years in prison in 2018.
The flamboyant pro-Western reformer denies wrongdoing.
The prosecution of Saakashvili and many of his allies by the current government has prompted concerns in the West.
His detention deepened a protracted political crisis in Georgia, where opposition parties complained of widespread fraud in last year's parliamentary elections, narrowly won by the ruling Georgian Dream party.