Polish doctors allowed to check Saakashvili’s health

16 March, 06:56 PM
Mikheil Saakashvili (Photo:Screenshot/news.sky.com)

Mikheil Saakashvili (Photo:Screenshot/news.sky.com)

Medics from Poland will be allowed to assess former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s health, journalist Rikard Jozwiak tweeted on March 16.

"A Polish medical team has been granted access to Saakashvili. No date yet when they will travel to Georgia," he wrote.

Jozwiak added that the transfer of Saakashvili for treatment in Poland or elsewhere isn’t on the table.

Poland confirmed that "a humanitarian aid team" is ready to go to Georgia to check Saakashvili’s health.

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The former Georgian president is at grave risk of death, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in early March.

Saakashvili said that he used to weigh 120 kg and now weighs only 64 kg.

"If I become less than 60, doctors predict multiple organ failure," he said.

Saakashvili was arrested during his secret return to Georgia for the local elections in fall 2021. It was his first trip to the country since his second presidential term ended in 2013.

The politician went on hunger strike several times in protest, insisting that he was arrested on political grounds. According to Saakashvili's lawyers, family, and supporters, he needs treatment abroad as his health condition is extremely serious due to hunger strikes and ill treatment.

Saakashvili was diagnosed with dementia and tuberculosis in November 2022, said his lawyer, Shalva Khachapuridze.

Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy said that the Georgian government was killing Saakashvili and called for his release to Ukraine or elsewhere in February 2023.

The Tbilisi City Court refused to release Saakashvili on health grounds at its Feb. 6 session. An appeals court upheld the decision on March 2.

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