Georgia: Justice Ministry of Georgia on Wednesday urged the third Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, to accept health services offered to him in detention “without preconditions” after a list of demands released by the politician as terms for accepting a proposal of his transfer to a civilian clinic for health examinations.
Saakashvili on Tuesday stated that he would accept the offer of being transferred from the penitentiary clinic in the city of Rustavi to Vivamedi, a clinic based in Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi, if permanent access to his family, his doctor Nika Kipshidze, and members of an Empathy non-governmental organisation panel was guaranteed.
He also asked that lawyers and members of the opposition party “United National Movement” be permitted to see him during working hours.
Moreover, the list of conditions came after the Ministry made an offer for the transfer, which came following assertions by Saakashvili’s medical staff and opposition party members that his health had deteriorated in jail.
The Ministry also went on to say that Saakashvili was provided with “adequate treatment” in jail but denied following the recommendations and taking the full complement of medicines.
“To minimise the possible risks of deterioration of health conditions – as a result of Saakashvili’s actions of refusing full treatment,” the state body said, “the Special Penitentiary Service offered him on Tuesday to be transferred to a “Vivamedi multi-profile clinic” for appropriate medical treatment.”
Furthermore, the Ministry stated that the former President’s offer had been received with “preconditioned consent that was similar to an ultimatum” and urged him to take health care in jail.
According to the statement, visitors to the civilian clinic will be allowed “in conformity with regulations” and medical staff recommendations.
In response to claims by Saakashvili’s supporters seeking his relocation for treatment overseas, both the Ministry and the Special Penitentiary Service have expressed “full confidence” in “medical institutions licenced in Georgia and their medical staff.”