The defendant in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case Rustem Seytkhalilov suffers from splitting headaches – spouse

October 13, 2020

The defendant in the second Hizb ut-Tahrir case in Simferopol, Rustem Seytkhalilov, sufferes from headaches and blood pressure, but no one provides medical assistance. The Crimean Tatar Resource Center was informed about this by his wife Elzara, adding that no one reacts to the statements of the political prisoner.

“He suffers from severe headaches, wakes up already with a headache, when he lies on the back, his head hurts. The legs began to swell badly. Medical assistance is not provided, he wrote a statement to be examined, but no one responded. When he was taken out to familiarize himself with the case, he asked to call an ambulance twice, but he was refused”,- she said.

The wife noted that one day, before leaving, finally the nurse arrived to the pre-trial detention center. The blood pressure of the political prisoner was 140, that is, very high, but the nurse said that everything was fine and that no help was needed.

We remind that on March 27, 2019, Russian security forces in the occupied Crimea carried out mass searches in 26 Crimean Tatars' dwellings. 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, passports. The servicemen behaved rudely. It is reported that they used 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 detainees. According to the results of the searches, 20 people were suspected of involvement 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. On March 27-28, the occupation court arrested all 23 detainees after searches. They chose a preventive measure in the form of detention. Subsequently, all the individuals involved in this so-called case were repeatedly extended the terms of their arrest.