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Georgia’s hunger-striking former president taken to prison hospital

Protesters hold a placard reading "Revolution Free Misha" during a rally in front of the prison of Rustavi, to demand the release of ex-president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, outside Tbilisi, on November 6, 2021. - (Vano Shlamov/AFP)
Protesters hold a placard reading "Revolution Free Misha" during a rally in front of the prison of Rustavi, to demand the release of ex-president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, outside Tbilisi, on November 6, 2021. - (Vano Shlamov/AFP)

TBILISI, Georgia — Georgia’s jailed ex-president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been on hunger strike for weeks, was moved today to a prison hospital, officials say.

“In order to prevent the worsening of the health condition of Mikheil Saakashvili and because of an increased risk to (his) safety, he was transferred from prison number 12 to medical facility number 18 for inmates,” Georgia’s penitentiary department says in a statement.

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