Bishop of Coventry asks about former president imprisoned in Georgia

The Bishop of Coventry received the following written answer on 9th January 2023:

The Lord Bishop of Coventry asked His Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Georgia, if any, for the release from prison on health grounds of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of that country.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con): We are following former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili’s treatment during his imprisonment closely. Our Ambassador to Georgia has met members of Mr Saakashvili’s family to discuss his detention on two occasions. The FCDO raised his treatment with the Georgian Ambassador to London on 2 November, and Embassy officials also met representatives of the United National Movement political party to discuss his health, most recently on 2 and 14 December. Mr Saakashvili’s case was also discussed in a meeting between our Ambassador to Georgia and Prime Minister Garibashvili on 15 December. We have repeatedly emphasised that Mr Saakashvili should receive treatment in line with international human rights standards, and urged that any further court hearings are in line with due process and the rule of law.


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