Ruling comes amid rising concern over well being of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been on a starvation strike since October 1.
The European Court docket of Human Rights has ordered Georgia to make sure the security of its jailed former President Mikheil Saakashvili as considerations mount for his well being after virtually seven weeks on a starvation strike.
Georgia should take steps “to tell the Court docket concerning the applicant’s present state of well being, to make sure his security in jail, and to supply him with applicable medical look after the post-hunger-strike restoration interval,” the ECHR stated on Tuesday in response to a criticism introduced by Saakashvili about his circumstances.
The ruling is a so-called interim measure ordered by the Strasbourg-based court docket in pressing instances the place the ECHR deems there’s an imminent threat of irreparable hurt to an applicant.
Saakashvili, who was president of the Caucasus nation between 2004 and 2013, has been refusing meals for 47 days to protest in opposition to his imprisonment on October 1, shortly after his return from exile in Ukraine.
The court docket’s announcement was revealed simply after Georgian Justice Minister Rati Bregadze insisted in a press convention earlier on Tuesday that Saakashvili had been receiving correct medical care.
Bregadze stated “there had been no single occasion of Saakashvili not receiving a medical service he required”, and that the jail hospital “has all the required infrastructure wanted to regulate the hunger-striking inmate’s well being situation”.
The ECHR stated a therapy plan for Saakashvili’s restoration must also be drawn up. It additionally urged him to “name off his starvation strike”.
Saakashvili had in his criticism argued the jail hospital was not correctly geared up, that his security couldn’t be assured and that he must be transferred to a civilian hospital.
It stated medical doctors have confirmed he takes solely liquids and nutritional vitamins and that he has misplaced 10 % of his physique mass.
The previous president’s son, Eduard Saakashvili, has stated that his father’s life was underneath menace and appealed for his switch to a civilian hospital.
Final week, Saakashvili was forcibly moved to a jail hospital that supporters say fails to satisfy his medical wants.
The 53-year-old pro-Western reformer, president throughout a 2008 conflict with Russia, has stated he was assaulted by guards in jail and that he fears for his life.
Saakashvili’s arrest exacerbated a political disaster stemming from parliamentary polls final yr that the opposition denounced as fraudulent.
It has additionally spurred a few of the largest anti-government protests in a decade.
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili sparked an uproar not too long ago saying Saakashvili “has the fitting to commit suicide” and that the federal government had been compelled to arrest him as a result of he refused to stop politics.