Georgia: Medics say imprisoned Saakashvili in “critical” condition on hunger strike

Source: CBS News

“Georgia’s jailed opposition leader and ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been on hunger strike for weeks, is in a critical condition and lacks proper medical care, doctors said Wednesday. Saakashvili, who was president between 2004 and 2013, has been refusing food for 48 days to protest his imprisonment on October 1, shortly after his return from exile in Ukraine. Georgia’s government has refused to move him from prison hospital to a civilian clinic, against the advice of doctors who have warned of the risk to Saakashvili’s life. … Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili sparked an uproar recently saying Saakashvili ‘has the right to commit suicide’ and that the government had been forced to arrest him because he had refused to quit politics.” (11/18/21)