Michael Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who has been on a hunger strike for 50 days to protest his imprisonment, has ended his hunger strike. That’s what his doctor said last night. Saakashvili was transferred earlier this evening to a military hospital in Gori, 90 km from the capital, Tbilisi.
Doctors fear that he will not survive his hunger strike. According to his doctor Nikoloz Kipshidze, Saakashvili is in intensive care. There, his hunger strike was officially over.
On October 1, Saakashvili returned to Georgia after eight years of exile, where he was immediately arrested by the authorities. He started a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment.
He passed out on Thursday during a meeting with his lawyer. Doctor Giorgi Grigolia, who examined him after the accident, told AFP that his life was in danger and that he should be transferred to a civilian hospital without delay. He pointed out the existence of heart and neurological problems in his patient.
On November 8, Saakashvili was taken to the prison hospital. He said he feared for his life, and also said that he was physically abused by his guards.
Saakashvili was Georgia’s president from 2004 to 2013 and was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison in 2018 for abuse of power. He says he was politically motivated behind his trial.
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