Former Georgian President interrupts hunger strike, RIA news agency says


MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, imprisoned in his country since October 1, has decided to end the hunger strike he has been observing for more than five weeks, according to the RIA news agency citing the lawyer of the former leader.

The former Georgian opposition leader was imprisoned in Roustavi, southeast of Tbilisi, upon his return to the country on October 1, after eight years in exile. Sentenced in 2018 in absentia to six years’ imprisonment for “abuse of power”, a charge he disputes, Mikhail Saakachvili considers himself a political prisoner.

His state of health required hospitalization on Monday.

President Salomé Zourabishvili said last week that Saakashvili had returned to destabilize the country, but that the authorities must take all possible measures “to ensure that his deteriorating state of health is not used for the purpose of manipulation. political or destabilization “.

(Report Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; French version Olivier Sorgho, edited by Sophie Louet)


Source: Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr.

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