Nov 17, 2021
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Ukrainian Ombudsman was not allowed to visit Saakashvili

“We do not have such obligations to Kiev”

Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine arrives in Tbilisi Lyudmila Denisova, the purpose of her visit to Georgia is to visit Mikhail Saakashviliwho is currently in a prison hospital on the outskirts of the Georgian capital.

As it turned out, the Ukrainian ombudsman had received a letter the day before from the “prisoner of the“ Georgian Dream ”, in which he complained about the deteriorating health and unsatisfactory conditions of detention and asked for a meeting.

“We are very nervous because a citizen of Ukraine is in such a state. Today, it is very important to transfer Mikhail Saakashvili to a suitable, multidisciplinary civilian clinic. The position of the President of Ukraine is unchanged: he demands the protection of the rights of Mikhail Saakashvili and his transfer to an appropriate medical institution, “

– Denisova told reporters.

According to her, the Ukrainian Embassy in Tbilisi has already sent a request to the Ministry of Justice of Georgia with a request to allow the Ukrainian Ombudsman to visit Mikhail Saakashvili on Tuesday, November 16.

However, on Tuesday it became known that Lyudmila Denisova was denied a visit to the prison hospital where Saakashvili is.

Does not answer phone calls and messages with requests for a meeting and the Minister of Justice of Georgia Rati Bregadze, who at a briefing announced to reporters: the Ukrainian ombudsman will not be admitted to the prison hospital.

“The legislation of Georgia does not provide for the admission of the Ukrainian Ombudsman, there is no such need, we do not have such an obligation to Kiev,”

– noted Bregadze at a briefing, explaining the refusal by quarantine measures in connection with the coronavirus pandemic: now the prisoner is allowed to meet only with the members of the Parliament of Georgia, family members and the attending physician.

At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Justice recalled that during her last visit, Lyudmila Denisova, after visiting Saakashvili, made a number of statements without first checking the information, some of which did not correspond to reality.

This time Denisova also made a number of statements, claiming that Mikheil Saakashvili is being tortured in prison: he has to turn on the TV too loudly, as the exclamations of prisoners are heard from other wards, which is undoubtedly a real torture for the Ukrainian-Georgian politician.

Nevertheless, the Ombudsman insists on meeting with the head and head doctor of the prison hospital.

We will remind, earlier, Saakashvili was not allowed to enter the European Parliament Anna Fotygawho flew to Tbilisi to meet with the ex-president of Georgia, as well as the deputies of the Seimas of Lithuania Raimundas Lopatu and Vilya Targamadze, representatives of the group of inter-parliamentary relations with Georgia.

Head of the parliamentary majority Irakli Kobakhidze suggested not to confuse the concept – friends of the country and friends of Saakashvili.

“The overwhelming majority of our international partners see and appreciate everything properly, including the past, present and future of Mikhail Saakashvili. And there is a small group of Saakashvili’s lobbyists who forget about the ex-president’s responsibility for the crimes committed. And such lobbyists will soon have to be called patrons of crime, ”

– said Irakli Kobakhidze.

Meanwhile, the opposition United National Movement party continues to organize daily protests, processions and rallies demanding that Saakashvili be transferred to a state clinic. In addition, 12 opposition deputies went on hunger strike, including Sakrebulo deputies in Zugdidi and Rustavi.

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