Mikheil Saakashvili, who was detained on Friday evening, stated that he was starting a hunger strike, as reported by his lawyer, Ruslan Chornolutsky, on December 9th, at about 3 a.m. after the completion of investigative activities, UNIAN reports.
"Saakashvili has declared the start of an indefinite hunger strike. He will also oppose any attempt at force-feeding," the lawyer said.
Chornolutsky also added that if the court made the decision to impose preventive measures in the form of a 60-day custody, Saakashvili "would continue the hunger strike even more harshly."
The leader of the Movement of New Forces (Rukh Novykh Syl) party was detained late on Friday, December 8th and taken to a temporary detention facility.
It became known later that he was arrested at the apartment of Yuriy Pokynboroda, an acting police officer and former Head of the Main Directorate of the National Police of the Luhansk region.