Chairman of the Georgian Dream, Irakli Kobakhidze, commented on the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and noted everything is “becoming very comical.” Kobakhidze said when Saakashvili went to prison voluntarily, they expected there would be simulations, self-harm, and more from him.
“This scenario is simple: the prisoner is responsible for self-harm. The penitentiary institutions are responsible for relevant services, including medical services. All agencies act with this responsibility, but these simulations, speculations, and claims of injuries that Saakashvili puts out, naturally, will not succeed. Otherwise, any prisoner would give it a try. Naturally, no agency should allow this,” Kobakhidze said.
He noted that 150 prisoners used to die in prison each year, a figure that has been reduced by 12 times. The average is 10 to 15 under the current government, adding that all prisoners are provided with proper medical care.
“If you take a look at the penitentiary system, you will see hundreds of prisoners who have more difficult health conditions than Saakashvili, but the Public Defender is only interested in the one prisoner right now. There is a political interest in this man. The main interest behind this is to involve the country in the war. Those who demand Saakashvili’s release have the only goal – to get Georgia involved in the war, which we will not allow,” Kobakhidze said.