Penitentiary releases video of ex-President Saakashvili at Vivamedi Clinic

The Special Penitentiary Service released video footage of Georgia’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili at the Vivamedi clinic, explaining that certain media outlets were attempting to misinform the public by broadcasting footage depicting Saakashvili’s inability to walk freely and without help.

“The false information campaign aims to cause anxiety in society over alleged mistreatment and inadequate state response, as well as tarnish the country’s positive image,” the service said.

On February 10, CNN aired new surveillance camera footage of Georgia’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili. The footage shows him stumbling and falling out of his bed as the anchor comments on his deteriorating health and alleged poisoning in jail.

According to the Special Penitentiary Service, the published footage shows that the reports do not reflect reality. The agency also cautioned everyone to avoid speculating based on inaccurate or fragmented information.

On February 6, the Tbilisi City Court dismissed ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili’s appeal for his jail term to be postponed or released due to health deterioration.