The so-called “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” defendant Rustem Sheykhaliev does not receive healthcare in a mental ward – lawyer

January 24, 2020

The so-called second Simferopol “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” defendant Rustem Sheykhaliev fell sick in a mental ward: he had unstable blood pressure and severe nausea, but no one provided him with necessary healthcare. The aforementioned was reported by Crimean solidarity group.

“On January 22, he was examined by a neurologist and therapist. Additionally, on January 20, they also took blood from his finger. On 01/16/2020 and 01/17/2020 at night he felt very bad: there were jumps in blood pressure, severe nausea. It is believed that the body underwent stress : in the cells of the pre-trial detention center it’s very cold, in the 15th department, on the contrary, it’s very hot, it is possible that weather conditions influenced his well-being”,- said Sheykhaliev’s lawyer Emine Avamileva.

She emphasized that he hadn’t been offered any medications, “they didn’t even offer him basic things like citramone or spasmalgone. That is, he was not provided with necessary healthcare in such a difficult condition.”

We remind that on March 27, Russian security forces in occupied Crimea carried out mass searches in 26 dwellings of Crimean Tatars. Literature was seized from some activists, which, according to Crimean Solidarity, the security forces planted themselves. In addition to books and brochures, people were confiscated phones, tablets, laptops and passports. The servicemen behaved rudely. It is reported that they resorted to physical force against detainees and entered the houses in shoes. Lawyers who arrived at the site of the searches were not allowed to contact the detained. According to the results, 20 people were suspected of their membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which was 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 – Eden Yayachikov – remains unknown. On March 27-28, the occupation court arrested all 23 detainees after searches of their dwellings. 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 Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine 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 arrest term 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, who was detained in April at the Kalanchak checkpoint. He was included in the criminal case of 23 Crimean Tatars detained on March 27, 2019.