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Georgia expresses concern over incident with Polish doctor

Tblisi, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Georgia is concerned about the incident with a Polish doctor who tried to illegally remove an analysis of former President Mikhail Saakashvili, the foreign minister of Geporgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, said today.

The head of Georgian diplomacy met on Monday with the Polish ambassador to Georgia, Mariusz Mashkiewicz, to whom he expressed that the doctor’s behavior causes misunderstandings, anxiety and also leads to the loss of confidence in the whole process.

The Polish diplomat, in turn, pointed out that he does not know the causes of the doctor’s behavior.

Earlier, Georgian Justice Minister Rati Bregadze said that one of the Polish doctors who conducted a check-up of Saakashvili’s health condition in a clinic in Tblisi, tried to smuggle out a sample of the politician’s analysis, hiding it in his shoes.

A team of Polish doctors arrived in Georgia last week to perform a full check-up on Saakashvili, at the request of the imprisoned politician’s family.

On July 3, Saakashvili participated by videoconference in the court session on the case of the dissolution of an opposition demonstration in 2007. The former president appeared very thin, and urged Georgian authorities to apologize for having brought him to that state.

The former president, arrested in Georgia in October 2021, is involved in several criminal cases and was wanted by Georgian authorities, who repeatedly threatened to arrest him as soon as he crossed the border.

According to the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office, Saakashvili has an outstanding nine-year prison sentence: three years for being involved in the murder of banker Sandro Guirgvliani, and another six for a beating of Congressman Valeri Guelashvili.

In addition, Saakashvili faces several charges still being examined by the courts in connection with the dissolution of an opposition demonstration in November 2007, property damage caused to the Imedi broadcasting company and for embezzlement of public funds.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili declared that the former president will remain in prison until he has served the full term of his sentence.

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