Crimean Tatar Political Prisoners are Not Allowed to Keep Quran in Detention Centers – lawyer

November 7, 2019

On Wednesday, November 6, lawyer Emine Avamileva visited her client, the defendant of the second Simferopol “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” Rustem Sheykhaliev. Rustem told her that the occupants do not allow him to keep the Quran despite it being approved by muftiat. This was reported by the “Crimean solidarity” organization.

According to his lawyer, Sheykhaliev’s state is quite acceptable, he is holding well, and looks satisfactory.

“My client did not complain about health, although he was not allowed to keep his medicine in the cell after the investigative actions. Even the Quran is not allowed. Neither to Sheykhaliev nor Enver Omerov. Despite it having a seal of the muftiat”, said Emine Avamileva.

On March 27, Russian security forces in occupied Crimea carried out mass searches in 26 Crimean Tatar households. The security forces planted and then seized themselves literature from some activists. Besides books and brochures, people’s phones, tablets, laptops, and passports were confiscated. The security forces acted rudely – they have reportedly used physical force against detainees, did not bother to take their shoes off when entering houses. Lawyers who arrived at the site of the searches were not allowed to see the detained. As a result, 20 people were suspected of 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 detained all 23 Crimean Tatar until May 15. All of them are charged with involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation. Later, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova said that information about the whereabouts of previously arrested Crimean Tatars in the Rostov region was confirmed. According to her, they were assigned to five pre-trial detention centers in the Rostov region. On May 13 and 14, courts in the Rostov region and occupied Crimea extended detention term for all 24 detained Crimean Tatars until August 15. At the same time, the Kyiv district "court" of Simferopol extended the preventive measure in the form of detention until August 15 to the Crimean Tatar activist Raim Ayvazov, previously detained in April at the Kalanchak checkpoint. He was included in the criminal case on 23 Crimean Tatars detained on March 27, 2019.