Over 130 former officials address Saakashvili's case in joint statement
Over 130 former officials address Saakashvili's case in joint statement

More than 130 former officials issued a joint statement in support of the ex-president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, which was posted on the social network by the former president of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili.

The statement reads, “This is a supra-party goal: Saakashvili should be quickly taken overseas for treatment. This is right in terms of history, political expediency, humanism, and culture.”

“The evaluation of President Mikheil Saakashvili’s condition by the Public Defender’s Medical Concilium finds a significant deterioration and is rated as severe.”

The medical professionals determine that “the patient’s condition has been progressively deteriorating over the previous year, particularly in the last two months, when the patient has lost about 30% of his weight.”

Referring to the same conclusion, the former high-ranking officials write in a joint statement that “Ex-President Saakashvili undertook all possible laboratory and instrumental research and therapy at different multi-speciality clinics in Georgia. Nonetheless, the patient’s condition is worsening fast. Patient care cannot be proactive, and treatment options are confined to dealing with various complications. As a result, the patient should be urgently moved to another country for medical care.”

Former officials also demanded that an authorized foreign doctor’s query on the discovery of heavy metal residues in the patient’s body be answered because heavy metal poisoning can produce the symptoms that Saakashvili is experiencing.

“As the assessments of both the Public Defender of Georgia’s Concilium and an independent panel of American medical professionals indisputably indicate, President Mikhail Saakashvili’s life will not be preserved in Georgia, and the process will end in death by torture,” the signatories stated: “We do not debate President Saakashvili’s culpability, but we do state that the death sentence, as well as torture and brutal and humiliating treatment, is prohibited under the constitution. This is also consistent with Georgia’s recognition of international rules.”

The undersigned reaffirmed in their statement that the responsibility for violating Saakashvili’s dignity, life, and health lies with the government since the jailed ex-president is under the effective control of the state.

“The Georgian president Saakashvili’s death by torture would have tremendously negative internal and foreign political repercussions,” the statement reads.

The signatories are concerned that the developments around Mikheil Saakashvili, “Putin’s personal enemy,” would affect Georgia’s advancement on the European integration path.

“Regardless of political disagreements, we should not be lured into the whirlpool of vengeance; we, the citizens of Georgia, must not allow President Mikheil Saakashvili to die by torture,” the statement concludes.