The Special Penitentiary Service has released a statement regarding the third President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and Nika Gvaramia, the founder of Mtavari TV. The statement says that some media outlets are spreading false information about Saakashvili and Gvaramia.
"Unverified and inaccurate information is spread by some media outlets, which may contribute to the formation of a public perception that is different from reality.
Mikheil Saakashvili, convicted on May 19, underwent a scheduled high-tech examination, during which he was not in the ward. Despite being informed about this, lawyer Shota Tutberidze did not wait for the medical examination to be completed, left the clinic and, in a conversation with the media, accused the Special Penitentiary Service of imposing restrictions on his client.
The statement that the convicted M. Saakashvili was not allowed to meet with his son Elis Maria Saakashvili during his stay in the penitentiary system is a lie. No one has applied to the Special Penitentiary Service with such a request until May 18, 2022. The next day after the request for a visit, on May 19, 2022, Elis Maria Saakashvili, together with her mother, visited Mikheil Saakashvili at the civil sector clinic.
Here, we would like to respond to the information spread by some media outlets, as if the convict N. Gvaramia is in solitary confinement in N12 penitentiary institution.
We emphasize that N. Gvaramia has been informed about his rights since the day he entered the penitentiary system. He is alone in a standard cell in the facility, based on his own decision, which is confirmed by the relevant documentation.
The Special Penitentiary Service once again calls on everyone to refrain from disseminating unverified, one-sided and inaccurate information in order to prevent misleading the public," the statement said.