Abdullaev Is Feeling Better, According to His Lawyer
This comes after he was briefly taken to the medical unit of the pre-trial detention center
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Illegally detained Crimean Tatar, Uzeir Abdullaev, who is being held in a pre-trial detention center in Russian-occupied Crimea, is finally feeling better, said Nikolai Polozov, his lawyer.
This is due to Abdullaev’s brief visit to the medical unit of the detention center.
The prisoner has been in critical condition with a fever and a festering leg for many weeks. Polozov says that while Abdullaev appears to be doing better, the official diagnosis is being kept secret from him and from Abdullaev’s relatives.
“Really, he feels better. After all, he was provided with at least some medical care. Meanwhile, no medical documents were given to his lawyers nor to his relatives,” Polozov said.
Russia carried out illegal searches of Tatar families’ homes, including that of Abdullaev, in 2016. After such searches, five Crimean Tatars, including Abdullaev and his brother, were detained by Russian security forces. They were accused of alleged involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is recognized in Russia as a terrorist organization. Human rights activists allege that the defendants are being persecuted because of their religious beliefs.
These Crimeans are presently being held in a pre-trial detention center in Simferopol. Their detention has been extended until June 11.
Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (MFA) and the European Union condemned the violation of Abdullaev’s rights. The MFA asked for Ukrainian doctors to be admitted to see the Tatar prisoner, after his mother wrote a letter saying that his condition in prison is deteriorating.