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“He is weak”: after his hunger strike, ex-Georgian President Saakashvili returned to prison

Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili was transferred back to prison Thursday from the military hospital where he was being treated after a hunger strike, the Georgia prison service said.

Arrested on October 1 on his return from eight years of exile in Ukraine, Mikhaïl Saakachvili, who had become a leader of the opposition, refused to eat for 50 days, in order to protest against his imprisonment for a conviction for abuse of power. he denounces the political character.

This 54-year-old pro-Westerner, at the head of his country from 2004 to 2013, began to eat again after being transferred at the end of November to a military hospital in Gori in the east of the country. “The detainee Mikhail Saakachvili is in the penitentiary establishment number 12”, said Thursday the Georgian Prison Service, thus announcing his return to the prison of Roustavi, about thirty kilometers from the capital Tbilisi.

The state of health of the former president is “stable”, assures the power

A deputy from the ruling Georgian Dream party, David Sergueïenko, assured the press that, according to the military hospital, Mikhail Saakashvili’s state of health had “stabilized”.

Nika Gvaramia, Mikhail Saakashvili’s lawyer, however, claimed that his client had the same weight when leaving the hospital as when he was hospitalized after the hunger strike. “He is weak”, declared Me Nika Gvaramia to the press, specifying that an announcement would be made on Friday on the state of health of his client.

An independent council of doctors said in December that the former president still suffered from serious neurological disorders, according to them a consequence of ill-treatment suffered in detention. The arrest of this opposition figure exacerbated the political crisis resulting from last year’s legislative elections, marked by fraud according to the opposition, and it also triggered the largest anti-government protests in ten years.

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