David Smith, an American expert-toxicologist, claims that dementia that Saakashvili was diagnosed with is related to his poisoning.
He believes that the former president of Georgia was poisoned by heavy metals in prison and not in a medical facility
“Saakashvili’s blood test was taken late, 26 days after the first faint. Heavy metals disappear from the blood stream very quickly, so we sometimes examine the hair to detect the presence of these metals.
“In my opinion, the first intoxication occurred in May and later heavy metals in his body damaged his organs. When he was taken to a medical facility, he already had symptoms. I believe he was poisoned before that, in prison, not in a medical facility. According to the principles of medicine, a laboratory test alone does not allow us to make a diagnosis. In order to make a diagnosis, laboratory tests must be linked with pathological manifestations. In order for poisoning to be linked to pathological changes, the test needed to be done soon, not 26 days late. If it is delayed, then other tissues should be examined, for example, hair.
“The fact that as a result of the study, the presence of heavy metals in the blood was revealed even after 26 days, means that the substances were in large quantities in the body. I assume that the dose of these toxic substances was so high that even after 5 months their concentration in hair, urine and nails was higher than expected.
‘Dementia that Saakashvili was diagnosed with is related to his poisoning,” concludes David Smith.
Tbilisi City Court is holding a hearing on Saakashvili’s jail term delay.
The former president has been in a jail for more than a year, convicted of abuse of power while in office.