Crimean Tatar Resource Center

Defendants of “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” Gafarov, Gaziev, Omerov, and Yanikov Experience Health Problems – Denisova

5 November 2019

The health decline was observed in the cases of Dzhemil Gafarov, Servet Gaziev, Enver Omerov, and Asan Yanikov, the defendants “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”. All four of them are in need of urgent hospitalization. The Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova asked the Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova to take urgent measures to provide a full medical examination. This was reported by Denisova on her Facebook page.

“According to the updated information, Dzhemil Gafarov, who is currently held in pre-trial detention center №5 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Rostov region, is in a pre-dialysis state and needs urgent hospitalization. Servet Gaziev, who is in the pre-trial detention center №1 of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service in the Rostov region, experiences problems with intestines and teeth. He also needs urgent hospitalization", the report said.

According to Denisova, Enver Omerov and Asan Yanikov, who are held in the pre-trial detention center №1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, have health problems that require immediate surgical intervention.

“I urgently requested the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation, Tatyana Moskalkova, to take urgent measures to provide them with a full medical examination, and to provide appropriate medical care,” added Lyudmyla Denisova.

Previously, on March 27, Russian security forces in the occupied Crimea carried out mass searches in 26 Crimean Tatars households. Literature was seized from some activists, which, according to the Crimean Solidarity organization, the security forces planted themselves. In addition to books and brochures, phones, tablets, laptops, passports were confiscated. The security forces behaved rudely. They have reportedly used physical force against detainees. They did not bother to take off their shoes when entering the house. Lawyers arriving at the site of the searches were not allowed to see detainees. As a result, 20 people were arrested under the suspicion of their involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which is banned in the Russian Federation. On March 28, three more Crimean Tatar activists were detained, in whose households’ searches were carried out in their absence. The whereabouts of yet another Crimean Tatar, Eden Yayachikov, remains unknown. On March 27-28, the occupation court arrested all 23 detainees. All detainees were accused of involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation and were detained until May 15.