Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who was detained after returning to the country, called on supporters to go to the elections on October 2. How informs Sputnik Georgia, he said in a letter from prison.
“My dear comrades-in-arms and my adored Georgian society, when I left everything in Kiev and came here, I knew that with a high probability they would detain me. <...> But I still came because I believe in my country and in each of you, “Saakashvili wrote.
He called the sentences against himself fabricated, in particular by the order of Vladimir Putin.
“I would very much like to ask you that everyone should go to the polls, so as not to lose a single vote, and that after that all together defend the results of the referendum. My freedom and, which is a thousand times more important, the freedom of Georgia, completely depend on your activity and fighting efficiency in the coming days. International support also depends on this. Please do not be afraid and believe to the end that our victory is in our own hands, ”the ex-president said.
Saakashvili was the president of Georgia in 2004-2013. Shortly before the end of his presidential term, in November 2013, he left the country and has not returned since. Soon after leaving for Georgia, four criminal cases were opened against him and he was put on the domestic wanted list. Two cases were sentenced in 2018. In 2015, Saakashvili lost his citizenship and has been a citizen of Ukraine for almost six years.
Saakashvili arrived to Georgia before the municipal elections. This is his first visit to the country in eight years. On the evening of October 1, he was arrested and sent to prison, where he went on a hunger strike.
After Saakashvili’s arrest, the Georgian prosecutor promised that Saakashvili would spend at least six years in prison, and the Georgian president said that she would never pardon him.
Municipal elections will be held in Georgia on October 2, at which, among other things, the mayor of Tbilisi will be elected. Now the mayor is a representative of the ruling Georgian Dream party Kakha Kaladze. His opponent will be MP Nika Melia from the opposition United National Movement. Its founder is Saakashvili.