Saakashvili’s Case Hearing to Continue Jan. 11

On January 11, the court will hold another hearing to decide whether to defer or suspend Mikheil Saakashvili’s sentence due to his ailing health.

According to testimony given in court today by an American neurologist Shaheen E. Lakhan, Saakashvili is “seriously ill” and suffers numerous “dysfunctions.” Dr. Lakhan claims that Saakashvili’s convulsions and “unidentified, rapidly progressing dementia” are among his most serious diagnoses.

Saakashvili, according to Dr. Lakhan, has a number of chronic ailments that endanger his life. He highlighted that if Saakashvili is not given the right care, convulsions in particular could cause him to pass away.

Mikheil Saakashvili, according to the American neurologist, also suffered from polypharmacy or the prescription of numerous needless medications. Dr. Lakhan thinks Mikheil Saakashvili will not be able to recover under the current circumstances.

Malkhaz Urtkmelidze, the head of the penitentiary medical service, on the other hand, asked Shaheen Lakhan if he was aware that Mikheil Saakashvili, suffering from anxiety depression, consumed up to two bottles of cognac per day to calm himself down, in addition to taking psychotropic drugs. The American neurologist said that this consumption was not beyond the limit. He did, however, add that from a medical standpoint, excessive consumption of alcohol in conjunction with psychotropic substances is not normal.

Following the hearing session, the Special Penitentiary Service’s lawyer, Gela Nikolaishvili, told journalists that they question Saakashvili’s diagnosis of dementia. “Dementia means mental handicap. We believe [Mikheil] Saakashvili is not mentally handicapped,” He stated.

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