Go on hunger strike, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s health deteriorates

The imprisoned former president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been on a hunger strike since October 1, needs hospitalization as his condition worsens. This was conveyed by his doctor, Nikoloz Kipshidze, in a television interview on Sunday (10/10).

Saakashvili declared a hunger strike after being arrested on October 1 and imprisoned in the town of Rustavi, hours after returning to Georgia after an eight-year absence.

Saakashvili was found guilty in absentia in 2018 of abusing power during his tenure as president. He called the charges politically motivated.

He has lived in Ukraine in recent years, but last month announced plans to return to Georgia to contest local elections held on October 2, even though he faces a prison sentence. He said he wanted to help “save his country” amid a prolonged political crisis.

There has been no comment from prison authorities on this matter. (vm/fw)

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