Rati Bregadze on Zelenski's statement: He should present at least one piece of proof that someone is being tortured in Georgia, whoever says it, it is unfair and insulting

He should present at least one piece of proof of torture and after that, such statement can be discussed, this is how the Minister of Justice Rati Bregadze answers the question related to the statement made by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, about the condition of the third President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili.

According to Rati Bregadze, saying that someone is being tortured in Georgia is an unfair and insulting statement.

"In response to this statement, one thing can be said: the practice of inhumane treatment and torture in Georgia, including in relation to the citizen of Georgia then and now the citizen of Ukraine, who was at the head of this whole system, has passed into the past, and it was a shameful page in the history of Georgia, which all of us, our children, grandchildren and future generations have to carry as a burden, as a heavy and shameful history, when people were tortured and there are dozens of judgments about it. No matter who accuses the Georgian state of torture, it is completely unacceptable. As much as possible, we always refrain from evaluating the unfair comments made by certain politicians in Ukraine, since this country is at war.

When someone accuses the state of torture without any basis, whoever he is, whatever the country's president is, should present at least one piece of proof of torture and then such a statement can be discussed. Saying that someone is being tortured in Georgia, no matter who says it, it is an unfair and insulting statement, and it is the European and Western standard that implies that all statements made, especially by high political officials, must be supported by evidence. This statement is not based on any evidence, and therefore, it will not be acceptable," said Rati Bregadze.

For information, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that the Georgian government has a goal - to kill Saakashvili. At the press conference held in Kyiv with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Zelensky presented the photos showing the current state of Mikheil Saakashvili and noted:

"Once he was the president of Georgia. They [photos] were given to me by Davit Arakhamia. I would like you to see how he looks," said Zelensky, adding: "I think that today the government of Georgia - what they are doing: they are killing him. You know that they poisoned him and now slowly, sorry, they are killing him."

In addition, according to Zelensky, the reason why Saakashvili was arrested is not part of the discussion, because it is an internal matter of Georgia, although Saakashvili, a citizen of Ukraine, is publicly tortured.

"I would like the press to see what is happening: the public torture of a Ukrainian citizen. I will not discuss the issue - why the former president of Georgia was arrested, what are the consequences for Georgian politics and democracy. This is their internal issue. I am talking about the detention of Ukrainian citizen Mikheil Saakashvili, who is publicly tortured every day. And I think they have a goal - to kill him," said Zelensky.

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