The European Parliament calls the Georgian authorities to release Mikheil Saakashvili


The European Parliament on Wednesday approved a resolution on the situation with former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, which calls on the Georgian authorities to release the politician and allow him to be treated abroad. 

A court in Tbilisi recently refused to interrupt Saakashvili's detention. The former president of Georgia, who is serving a six-year prison term, is now in a private clinic in Tbilisi. His supporters claim that his health is rapidly deteriorating and his weight dropped to a critical state of 67 kg.

The European Parliament also approved an amendment on the need to impose sanctions against the former Prime Minister of Georgia, businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is still called the most powerful politician in the country. The amendment names Ivanishvili an oligarch who is behind the persecution of Saakashvili out of personal revenge.

577 deputies voted for the adoption of the resolution, 33 deputies voted against. The amendment on sanctions against Ivanishvili was supported by 362 deputies, 121 voted against.

Let us recall that a few months ago, hundreds of Circassian activists sent a letter to the President of Georgia requesting the release of Michael Saakashvili, who during his term of office Georgia recognized the destruction of the Circassian people by the Russian Empire in the 19th century.