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Saakashvili's health improves after transfer to Gori military hospital – doctor

TBILISI. Nov 23 (Interfax) – The panel of doctors that examined former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at a military hospital in Gori on Wednesday has affirmed an improvement of his condition on the fourth day of treatment following the end of his hunger strike.

"Mikheil Saakashvili is much more physically active. The general trend is positive, although certain neurological disorders remain. It will take time to do away with those," Dr. Alexander Tsikaridze told reporters.

Tsikaridze said that Saakashvili is receiving comprehensive treatment with the participation of numerous specialists.

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 and 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.