The defendant in the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case Emil Dzhemadenov detained in a punishment cell for more than 3 months – wife

June 24, 2020

Emil Dzhemadenov, a defendant in the so-called Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case, was detained in a punishment cell in a colony in the city of Salavat for 92 days for various far-fetched reasons. At the moment, the political prisoner was transferred to the regular prisoner squad. The Crimean Tatar Resource Center was informed about this by his wife Liana Belyalova.

“During a conversation with my spouse (as he explained to me they are allowed to have an official phone call for 15min), I found out that he was no longer in a punishment cell (he was there for 92 days), he was transferred to the regular prisoner squad. They do not exert direct pressure, but it’s worth understanding that the very fact of being in a colony, prison or isolation ward should already be regarded only as moral and psychological pressure, because a person is forced to sit indoors in these unsanitary conditions, where at the same time there’s a bedroom, a dining room and a toilet in one room full of people”,- said the spouse.

Liana noted that his health condition is not improving, the problems remained the same: it is rheumatism and hernia, but now he even has the opportunity to go out and stay in the sun. In addition, the political prisoner lost a lot of weight.

“There, in the colony, he receives letters both from home and from the people, for which he is very grateful, and this is understandable, being 3,000 km from his home. He also mentioned that official requests are coming from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, from human rights organizations and lawyers. I am very grateful to all of them, the main thing is not to leave them alone in these difficulties”,- she added.

We remind that on October 12, 2016, Russian security forces in the village of Strohonivka of Simferopol region arrested five representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people – Uzeir Abdullaev, Teymur Abdullaev, Rustem Ismailov, Emil Dzhemadenov and Aнder Saledinov as a result of mass searches. They were accused of participating in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation and charged with article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“organizing the activities of a terrorist organization and participating in it”).

On June 18, 2019, the North Caucasian District Military Court of the Russian Federation sentenced the so-called Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendants: Teymur Abdullaev to 17 years in a maximum security penal colony with a probation term of 1 year and 6 months, Rustem Ismailov – to 14 years, Uzeyir Abdullaev – to 13 years, Ayder Saledinov and Emil Dzhemadenov – to 12 years.

On December 24, 2019, the Supreme Court in Moscow reduced the terms of imprisonment of the so-called Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendants by 6 months.