The imprisoned ex-president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, said that he never suggested to his lawyers that he could have been poisoned. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice of Georgia promised to conduct a toxicological examination to clarify the situation.
A message appeared on Mikheil Saakashvili's Facebook on November 21, in which he states that he himself did not tell his lawyers that he suspected poisoning.
"I want to state that I have never told any of my lawyers that I suspect poisoning. There should be no speculation on this topic," Saakashvili writes.
He thanked the medical staff of the "Vivamed" clinic, where he has been staying for the past few months, noting that the doctors' work is very professional. "My health condition is really deteriorating and has worsened over the past two months. The doctors continue to try to help. It is important to trust the specialists, and it is not necessary to politicize this issue too much," the note reads.
On November 20, Mikheil Saakashvili posted news on his page with a lawyer's statement that the examination testifies to his possible poisoning.
Meanwhile, Minister of Justice Rati Bregadze announced that the department decided to conduct a full toxicological examination for Saakashvili.
"So that the public does not have any questions, we will contact the Samharauli National Center in order to conduct a toxicological examination and for the public to have full and comprehensive information about Mikheil Saakashvili's state of health," the minister said.
It will be recalled that on November 20, one of Saakashvili's lawyers, Valery Gelbakhiani, stated that an examination carried out abroad confirmed the presence of toxic substances in Saakashvili's body, which may indicate that he was poisoned after his arrest. He did not specify where the laboratory tests were done and when the samples were taken, noting only that the details of the detention should be made public in a few days.
After that, the Georgian Penitentiary Service stated that they had not received any official documents from anyone that would confirm statements about Saakashvili's possible poisoning while in custody.