The video shows Mihail Saakashvili looking very weak in his trial. Georgian ambassador invited to Ukrainian MFA: Georgia wants him dead

On Monday, Georgian television stations aired images of former president Mikheil Saakashvili looking weakened during a court hearing, sparking fears about his health, AFP reported. Ukraine’s foreign minister summoned the Georgian ambassador for consultation and said that Georgian authorities actually wanted to “kill” Saakashvili.

Mikheil SaakashviliPhoto: Georgian Pool / AP / Profimedia

Mikheil Saakashvili appeared grim-faced in this video-conference hearing.

The 55-year-old former president lifted his shirt to reveal his torso, ribs and stomach.

He denounced Mikheil Saakashvili, who is being held “absolutely innocent” in custody, on trial for “abuse of power,” a charge he denies, reported.

Mikheil Saakashvili, 115 kilograms to 60 kilograms

Mikheil Saakashvili, who weighed 115 kilograms before his arrest, lost 60 kilograms in prison, was poisoned by heavy metals and suffers from anorexia and cachexia, his doctors say.

Mikheil Saakashvili – who led Georgia from 2004-2013 and then spent eight years in exile abroad – was arrested upon his return in 2021.

Currently, he is the main opposition figure of the current government.

Following a 50-day fast in 2022, he was hospitalized and his rare public court appearances revealed a clear and visible deterioration in his health.

On Monday, despite increasing weakness, he expressed his struggle in court.

“Being imprisoned will not break me. I will actively participate in Georgian politics,” he said.

Georgian authorities say Mikheil Saakashvili is receiving all the medical treatment he needs at a prison hospital.

However, many doctors who have examined Mikheil Saakashvili in recent months, including American experts, have expressed concern about his deteriorating health.

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Last year, the Council of Europe (CoE) called for the release of Mihai Saakashvili, declaring it a “political prisoner”.

The NGO Amnesty International characterized the treatment meted out to Mikheil Saakashvili as “blatant political retaliation”.

Ukraine invited Georgian ambassador to MFA

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba criticized the actions of the Georgian authorities regarding the Ukrainian citizen and announced the summons of the Georgian ambassador to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ukrainian Pravda.

At today’s hearing, the head of the Foreign Ministry explained that “everything has reached a boiling point” after footage of Saakashvili appearing severely malnourished and exhausted, prompting Kiev to take “a drastic but correct measure”.

“When the government is dissatisfied with something, the first level of reaction is to express opposition. The second level of reaction is to recall its ambassador for advice,” Kuleba said.

According to Kuleba, the Georgian authorities “really want (Saakashvili) dead” out of personal hatred and revenge.

In his late-night video message, Zelensky called on Georgian authorities to allow Mikheil Saakashvili to come to Kiev for medical treatment, Reuters reported.

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