Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is currently on hunger strike at the prison hospital, reportedly passed out during a meeting with his lawyers. Saakashvili’s lawyer, Nika Gvaramia, confirmed to the media that the former president was assisted by doctors and that he was now “fine”.
Saakashvili’s other lawyer, Beka Basilaia, reported earlier today that the former president had passed out.
I cannot assess from a medical point of view, but he was in very poor condition, added Basilaia.
Saakashvili’s United National Movement (UNM) party tweeted:
According to @SaakashviliMlawyers, his condition is currently stabilized and remains in the penitentiary intensive care unit. Ex-Pres is in urgent need of transfer to a civilian multi-profile hospital, as a team of highly respected medical experts set up by the Public Defender concluded.
– UNM Georgia (ენმ) (@UNMGeorgia) November 18, 2021
Georgia’s Special Prison Service maintained Saakashvili’s state was “stable” and announced that a doctor specializing in intensive care would comment on the former president’s health.
Intensivist Guliko Kiliptari said Saakashvili’s condition is “absolutely stable”, noting that she was there “by coincidence”.
The doctor added that if she had not been at the scene, a team of intensive care specialists working in prison would help Saakashvili.
Regarding the possible causes of the fainting, Kiliptari said lab tests have been sent to investigate the case.
Saakashvili was arrested in Tbilisi on October 1 after a clandestine return from eight years of political exile. He denies all charges and considers himself a “political prisoner”.
The ex-president, who was serving his sentence in Rustavi Prison No.12, was transferred to Gldani Prison Hospital on November 8 to “avoid deterioration of his health due to increased risks,” the service reported. penitentiary.
Saakashvili published a letter from the prison hospital on November 11, saying he was prepared to call off his hunger strike if he was taken to a civilian clinic for re-education.