VLADIMIR Putin’s most outspoken nemesis is being poisoned in jail, his family claim.
Mikheil Saakashvili, the previous president of Georgia, appeared gaunt and frail as he was proven in court docket by way of video hyperlink in the previous Soviet Republic.
His attorneys say mercury and arsenic have been discovered in his system whereas he has been held on political expenses.
Mr Saakashvili’s mom, Giuli Alasania, mentioned her son is “on the verge of demise”.
She added: “He was the primary to get suspicious. He mentioned, ‘If I’m not being poisoned, why is my well being deteriorating like this?’. I ask the authorities to step in and save my son.”
Mr Saakashvili, 55, is one of many Kremlin’s most hated opponents with tyrant Putin beforehand threatening to “hold him by his balls”.
His lawyer mentioned samples have been taken from him throughout a latest jail go to. Scientists discovered excessive ranges of mercury and arsenic.
The politician’s son Edward mentioned: “It’s been painful watching him decline shortly. It’s plain.”
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky this week appealed to Georgia to launch Mr Saakashvili so he might be handled by specialists at a clinic in the West.
In 2016, an inquiry dominated the homicide of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 was “in all probability” authorized by Putin.
He was poisoned by radiation at a London bar. Litvinenko’s pal Yuri Felshtinsky mentioned: “What is taking place to Saakashvili jogs my memory of Litvinenko mendacity on his deathbed. It’s a horrible picture — he appears to be like very unwell