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Ex-Georgian President Saakashvili threatens to refuse treatment if opposition MPs not allowed to visit him

TBILISI. Nov 25 (Interfax) – Jailed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says he will refuse treatment at the military hospital in Gori, to which he was transferred from a prison hospital, if opposition deputies are not allowed to visit him.

"Members of parliament from the National Movement and other parties have not been allowed to see me for a week," Saakashvili said in a statement posted on Facebook on Thursday.

The former president says that State Security Service officers are searching medical personnel to prevent him from passing messages to the public through them.

"If deputies are not allowed to enter [the military hospital] starting tomorrow, I will refuse treatment and will take only the medication that was prescribed to me before my captivity," Saakashvili said.

Saakashvili, former Georgian president and currently a citizen of Ukraine, secretly arrived in Georgia on September 29 and was detained in Tbilisi on October 1. He was placed in jail in the city of Rustavi soon afterward, where he declared a hunger strike. On November 8, he was transferred to the prison infirmary in Tbilisi’s Gldani district without the consent of his lawyers or family. On November 20, Saakashvili was transferred to a military hospital in Gori, where he ended his hunger strike.

Saakashvili has been convicted in Georgia in absentia in several criminal cases and is being treated as a suspect in some others. He has described his detention as unlawful and the charges brought against him as falsified.