Saakashvili asks for freedom: he wrote to Macron that he was dying

Caucasus (, - The imprisoned ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili wrote a letter asking for help to French President Emmanuel Macron.

“I’m dying, I don’t have much time… Toxicologists have come to the conclusion that I was poisoned in prison,” Le Monde quoted Saakashvili’s letter in an article titled “Murderers! The killers! Former Georgian President Saakashvili "poisoned" with mercury and arsenic."

The ex-president of Georgia, serving a sentence in Tbilisi for corruption crimes and abuse of office, asks to mobilize international support for him, citing the fact that he is a “personal prisoner” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Putin considers me one of his main enemies. He publicly promised to kill me. Now I am in prison as one of his personal prisoners,” Saakashvili says.

Saakashvili has been in prison since October last year. He illegally entered Georgia, where he was put on a wanted list, hiding in a food truck, and was arrested on two criminal charges. Six months ago, after hunger strikes, Saakashvili was transferred from prison to the Vivamed clinic.

Saakashvili's family and supporters, who since the beginning of his imprisonment have been trying in various ways to avoid his stay in prison, announced that he was poisoned with mercury, referring to an examination conducted by the NGO Empathy abroad. And then Saakashvili's side stated that he was poisoned with arsenic.

The Georgian authorities called for refraining from premature conclusions about the possible poisoning of the former president. The Ministry of Justice of Georgia instructed the National Bureau of Forensic Science to check whether the prisoner was indeed poisoned. However, Saakashvili refused to provide the authorities with materials for analysis.

On November 8, Saakashvili's defense argued that Saakashvili allegedly had 36 different illnesses, including dementia and tuberculosis. Now Saakashvili's side is talking about 20 diagnoses. Lawyers speak of a "catastrophic deterioration" in his condition.

At this stage, the Tbilisi City Court accepted for consideration the lawyers' petition for a postponement of punishment and release of Saakashvili due to a critical state of health. The first meeting was adjourned and eventually scheduled for 14 December.

The Georgian authorities refute the critical condition of Saakashvili, and all materials in the press on this subject are called custom-made. According to the authorities, the ex-president engages in self-mutilation, refusing to obey the instructions of doctors and eating "when he wants and what he wants."

Saakashvili is serving a sentence and is not on trial for war crimes committed in 2008 during the attack on South Ossetia. He was convicted in absentia in the cases of the murder of banker Sandro Girgvliani and the beating of deputy Valery Gelashvili. In the first case, Saakashvili was sentenced to three years in prison, in the second - to six. In addition, he is a defendant in cases of the dispersal of an opposition rally on November 7, 2007, the pogrom of the Imedi television company and the embezzlement of funds from the state budget.

Saakashvili asks for freedom: he wrote to Macron that he was dying