The imprisonment of Mikheil Saakashvili was discussed at length today in the United Kingdom's House of Lords. Discussing the issue, Lord Ahmad said that representatives of the House of Lords were continuing to monitor the situation in the case.
We are now closely following the developments relating to former President Saakashvili. Former European Affairs Minister Wendy Morton raised the issue of Saakashvili's detention with the Georgian Ambassador on December 15, highlighting concerns about his health and medical treatment.
Our ambassador and other officials raised the issue of Mr Saakashvili with the Georgian deputy foreign minister and parliament speaker in Tbilisi. "We will continue to monitor the situation in this case," said Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.
Lord Harris also reacted to the detention of Mikheil Saakashvili. According to him, Mikheil Saakashvili has taken important steps for the country. As Harris noted, Mikheil Saakashvili is in prison on trumped-up charges. Harris believes that Mikheil Saakashvili, should be visited by the ambassador of Great Britain to Georgia.
Georgia experienced an economic boom during his presidency. He took significant steps to stamp out corruption, and when he lost the 2013 election, he peacefully handed power over to his political opponents, the first such case in Georgian history. He has since been stripped of his citizenship and imprisoned on trumped-up charges, which Amnesty International called blatant political retribution. Yesterday he sent a letter from his cell saying he had been prevented from communicating with his lawyers and had been systematically attacked by prison authorities. I think it would be good if we protested to the Georgian government and asked the British ambassador to visit Mr Saakashvili in prison," said Harris, Lord Pentagram.
Lord Haynie from Chiswick also spoke about the protection of human rights by the Georgian authorities. He said it should be put to the Georgian authorities that the Georgian government's strict implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights will play an important role in deepening relations between the UK and Georgia.
"It is not of this chamber, or any of its members, to discuss the crime or innocence of former President Saakashvili. Do we pose the question that if we want to further deepen relations between the UK and Georgia, then strict compliance by the Georgian government with the European Convention on Human Rights will play a major role in this?"