The so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendant Erfan Osmanov detained in the special unit for more than three months – his wife

December 20, 2019

The so-called second Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendant Erfan Osmanov has been detained in the special unit for more than three months. The Crimean Tatar Resource Center was informed about this by his wife Akime, noting that since September he has been held with Rustem Ismailov, and until that time he was in solitary confinement.

The wife said that Erfan Osmanov has been detained in the special unit for more than three months, and since September – together with Rustem Ismailov. Until that time, he was held in solitary confinement, and, as he wrote in one of the letters, according to which he was placed with Rustem – “Communication has benefited me”.

“Round-the-clock monitoring, the poor heating, the poor ventilation, cockroaches around the cell. Medical assistance does not work properly, and even if the tooth hurts, the only thing they will do is remove it. The cure for all ailments and diseases is paracetamol – the cheapest antibiotic, and even that is at best”,- emphasized the spouse.

Akime noted that in general, the state of Osmanov’s health was undermined: Erfan began to complain of heart problems and pressure, and he often fell sick with colds. He also has chronic diseases of the liver, skin and kidney as well.

“They don’t allow any official dates or even promise them in the near future. The last time I saw him was in August, they allowed me to come in for just a few minutes before the start of the trial, and then I learned from him that he felt very bad, and he looked bad also: all pale and emaciated, and his eyes … at the same time joyful to finally see me, but also so very sad, it was noticeable”,- she added.

We remind that on March 27, 2019, Russian security forces in occupied Crimea carried out mass searches in 26 Crimean Tatars' dwellings. Literature was seized from some activists, which, according to Crimean Solidarity, was planted by the security forces themselves. In addition to books and brochures, people were confiscated phones, tablets, laptops and passports. Security officials behaved rudely and physically abused the detainees. They entered the houses in shoes as well. Lawyers who arrived at the site of the searches were not allowed to meet their clients. According to the results, 20 people were suspected of their membership 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 dwellings searches were carried out in their absence. The whereabouts of yet another Crimean Tatar – Edem Yayachikov – remains unknown. On March 27-28, the so-called court arrested all 23 detainees after searches. They chose a preventive measure in the form of detention until May 15. Everyone is accused of membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation. Later, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Liudmyla Denisova, reported that the detainees 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 the period of arrest for all 24 detained Crimean Tatars until August 15. Then the so-called Kyiv District Court of Simferopol extended the preventive measure in the form of detention until August 15 to the Crimean Tatar activist Raim Ayvazov, detained in April at the Kalanchak checkpoint. He was included in the criminal case of 23 other Crimean Tatars detained on March 27, 2019.