Saakashvili went on hunger strike after being detained in Georgia

Ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili went on hunger strike after his arrest in Tbilisi. This was announced by Georgian ombudsman Nino Lomjaria on October 1 who visited him in prison.

“He is on hunger strike because he disagrees with the charges and considers himself a political prisoner,” the ombudsman told reporters.

Saakashvili is also demanding a meeting with the Ukrainian consul, Lomjaria added.

According to the people’s advocate, Saakashvili has confirmed that he was detained in his personal apartment in Tbilisi. No violence was used against him when he was detained.

Saakashvili was detained earlier on Friday in Tbilisi in an apartment on Guramishvili Avenue. He offered no resistance at the time of the arrest. According to preliminary reports, the politician was taken to the Rustavi prison.

A criminal case has been launched against him for crossing the border. The prosecutor of Georgia said that the sentences passed upon the ex-president in the territory of the state are not subject to appeal.

In turn, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili said she would not pardon Saakashvili.