Shaban Umerov, the Defendant in “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” Felt Sick during the “Court Hearing”

November 11, 2019

On Monday, November 11, during a court hearing in the Kyiv district “court”, Shaban Umerov, the defendant in the Second Simferopol district court experienced heart pressure and the ambulance was called. This was reported by the “Crimean solidarity” organization.

"According to the activists, who gathered at the Kyiv district court of Simferopol, political prisoner Umerov Shaban experienced a sudden surge overpressure during the escort to the courtroom, where the trial to extend the preventive measure was to begin. As a result, he got so sick he could not stand on his feet. The defense team insisted on calling an ambulance. The guards reported that they had made a call to the doctors," the statement said.

In addition, the defendants in this case are kept from 8 a.m. in the building of the “court” without food.

Previously, on March 27, Russian police forces conducted twenty-six mass searches in the Crimean Tatar houses in the occupied Crimea. They confiscated some literature that, according to the Crimean Solidarity, was placed there by the police itself. Besides books and leaflets, they also confiscated cell phones, tablets, laptops, and passports. The policemen were rude, did not bother to take their shoes off when entering the house and used physical force. Lawyers arriving at the places of searches were not allowed to talk to their clients. As a result, twenty people were charged with links to the illegal in Russia organization “Hizb ut-Tahrir”. On March 28, after another police raid, three more Crimean Tatar activists have been arrested. The whereabouts of another Crimean Tatar, Edem Yayachicov, is currently unknown. On the same day, on March 27-28, a Russian court in Crimea sentenced all twenty-three activists until 15 May. All of them are accused of being linked to the “Hizb ut-Tahrir”. In August, court hearings are held to continue the detention of the defendants of the Second Simferopol “Hizb-ut-Tahrir” case. They will remain under arrest until 14-15 November 2019. 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.