Edem Smailov, a defendant in the so-called second Bakhchisaray Hizb ut-Tahrir case, had a problem with his teeth aggravated during his detention in the pre-trial detention center: “he cannot chew on the left side and his gums are very sore.” The Crimean Tatar Resource Center was informed about this by his wife Leilia.
The wife of the political prisoner noted that at the moment she is very worried about her teeth. Even before his arrest, he had signs of periodontal disease, and now, after 2 years and 4 months, his condition has worsened.
“There is a dentist's office in the pre-trial detention center, there is a dentist who is assigned to the pre-trial detention center. But all the medical assistance he provides is an anaesthetic and pulling the teeth out. Edem visited the dentist twice, but the only thing he was offered was to pull out his teeth. Having told him that at his age it is normal to be without teeth. Now he cannot chew on the left side, his gums are very sore”,- she explained.
In addition, Smailov complains about the terrible food: “You woouldn’t even give it to an animal.” And also religious rights are not taken into account – sometimes pork is served. At court sessions, sometimes they provide dry rations, which are expired and molded.
“These conditions and attitude in the pre-trial detention center and in court, my husband regards as psychological pressure on him in order to break his will to cooperate with the intelligence services”,- she said.
We remind that on October 11, 2017, in the city of Bakhchisaray, the invaders carried out mass searches in 6 dwellings of Crimean Tatars – Marlen Asanov, Seiran Saliiev, Timur Ibrahimov, Memet Belyalov, Ernes Ametov, Server Zakiryaev. Everyone was detained. They were charged under Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Participation in the activities of an organization which, in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, is recognized as terrorist”.
On May 21, 2018, Russian security forces raided the dwellings of activists of the Crimean Solidarity public association in the occupied Crimea, as a result of which Server Mustafayev and Edem Smailov were detained. They were also accused of their membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir organisation, which is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation.
In February 2019, a criminal case was opened against eight individuals involved in the so-called second Bakhchisaray Hizb ut-Tahrir case – Marlen Asanov, Seiran Saliiev, Timur Ibrahimov, Memet Belyalov, Ernest Ametov, Server Zakiryaev, Server Mustafayev and Edem Smailov (“Violent seizure of power or violent retention of power”).
On March 5, it became known that the two defendants in the so-called second Bakhchysarai Hizb ut-Tahrir case – Timur Ibrahimov and Memet Belyalov – had their charge tightened from part two of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code (“participation in the activities of a terrorist organization”) to the part one (“organization of the activities of a terrorist organization”).