Kelly Degnan, US Ambassador to Georgia, on Wednesday said: “The United States, along with many others, is following very closely Mr. Saakashvili’s situation.”
The Ambassador noted that “the postponement today I think was a surprise. In the United States, when a judge orders steps to be taken, then everyone does their utmost to ensure that that court order is fulfilled.”
“There’s a particular urgency because there is a such great concern both domestically and internationally regarding Mr. Saakashvili’s health and welfare. As we have said, ultimately it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that Mr. Saakashvili is receiving the mental and physical medical care that he needs. Further delays only increase the questions and concerns regarding his well-being,” she underscored.
Earlier today, Saakashvili has been tried for his sentence postponement in absentia. Judge Giorgi Arevadze read a letter from the Special Penitentiary Service claiming it was “unable to ensure” Saakashvili’s remote attendance. Judge also read the Vivamed Clinic’s letter, saying that the doctor “does not consider it appropriate” to relocate Mikheil Saakashvili.
Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at National Archives https://t.co/2mkGeQqdAX
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