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FILE – Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who was convicted in absentia of abuse of power during his presidency and arrested upon his return from exile, gestures speaking from a defendant’s dock during a court hearing in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Dec. 2, 2021. The main opposition party in Georgia has filed a court case calling for the imprisoned ex-president of the country to be released for medical examination overseas because of concerns that he is suffering from poisoning.
FILE – Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who was convicted in absentia of abuse of power during his presidency and arrested upon his return from exile, gestures speaking from a defendant’s dock during a court hearing in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Dec. 2, 2021. The main opposition party in Georgia has filed a court case calling for the imprisoned ex-president of the country to be released for medical examination overseas because of concerns that he is suffering from poisoning.
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The main opposition party in Georgia has filed a court case calling for the imprisoned ex-president of the country to be released for medical examination overseas because of concerns that he is suffering from poisoning.
The United National Movement said Mikheil Saakashvili’s “condition may lead to coma and death” and that he should be sent to a high-level clinic in the United States or the European Union.
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