The Special Penitentiary Service has released a statement regarding the former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili.
The Penitentiary Service calls Saakashvili's accusations false and notes that the disciplinary proceedings against him have nothing to do with the decision of the state inspector.
According to the statement, information about restricting Saakashvili's meetings and removing his TV is a lie.
"The Special Penitentiary Service responds to the false accusations spread by the convict Mikheil Saakashvili and notes that the disciplinary proceedings initiated against the convict Mikheil Saakashvili by the N18 Defendants and Convicts Medical Institution have nothing to do with the decision of the State Inspector.
It should be noted that the visit of the authorized employees of the institution to the convict was conditioned to get acquainted with the protocol of his rights, which he refused and verbally abused the employees of the institution.
No disciplinary action has been taken against Mikheil Saakashvili so far for his violation, therefore, information about restricting Saakashvili's meetings and removing his TV is a lie and serves to tarnish the image of the agency in the society.
We also note that the disciplinary proceedings were initiated by the director of the N18 institution on November 29, 2021, after it was found out (according to the conclusion of the examination) that the value of the item damaged by the convict was less than 150 GEL. This action did not contain any signs of a criminal offense and represented the action provided for in Article 80 of the Detention Code, in particular, the convict damaged a cardiomonitor placed in his ward.
At this stage, the convict enjoys the right to meet with both family members and the treating physician. There have been no restrictions on the exercise of any of the convict's rights by the Special Penitentiary Service.
The Special Penitentiary Service calls on convict Mikheil Saakashvili to refrain from making false and baseless allegations against the service and its employees," the statement said.