The so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendant Eskender Suleymanov was placed in a psychiatric hospital – mother

April 7, 2020

The so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendant Eskender Suleymanov was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. This was reported to the Crimean Tatar Resource Center by the mother of a political prisoner, adding that this is one of the methods of moral influence on political prisoners, which amounts to torture.

Zera Suleymanova emphasized that they did not allow visits, but they kept in touch through a lawyer. They saw each other only once, at the first extension of the term, then all the court sessions took part behind closed doors.

“When I saw my son in a glass cage, my heart sank, but I had no moral right to cry. There was only one question: “What for?” Eskender held steady, he was not broken, because he knew that he’s not guilty”,- she said.

The health condition of the political prisoner is not up to standard due to the lack of proper nutrition. He has a chronic intestinal ulcer, a fungus on his toes. Considering the unsanitary conditions, these diseases periodically worsen.

“The youngest son, Ruslan, was transferred from Rostov to Crimea, to Simferopol. I didn’t see Ruslan for a whole year, because I couldn’t go to Rostov because of my health. It’s very difficult for us old people to live without our sons”,- added the mother.

We remind that on June 10, Russian security forces conducted mass searches in the dwellings of Crimean Tatars in Alushta, Bilohirsk and Simferopol. As a result, 8 people were detained on suspicion of involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation. On June 10 and 11, the so-called Kyiv District Court of Simferopol chose a preventive measure in the form of detention until August 5 of the Crimean Tatars detained after searches – Riza Omerov, Enver Omerov, Ayder Dzhepparov, Ekender Suleymanov, Ruslan Nagaev, Eldar Kantimirov, Ruslan Mensutov and Lenur Khalilov.