Abdullaev No Longer in the Hospital
He was briefly taken to the medical unit of the pre-trial detention center
Photo from Facebook of Mammet Mambetov
Kremlin prisoner, Uzeir Abdullaev, has returned to the pre-trial detention center in Crimea, after being transferred to the medical unit for health concerns.
This was reported by his lawyer, Mammet Mambetov. According to him, the health condition of his client is critical. However, Russian investigators do not take this into account. Neither relatives nor human rights defenders are being permitted to visit Abdullaev.
“He is no longer in the hospital. He has already been brought back to the pre-trial detention center. He was transferred to a medical unit of the the pre-trial detention center, which does not differ from the jail ward where he was held before. Uzeir showed me his leg. His leg is covered with numerous sores. His face was pale. After talking to my defendant, I realized that doctors cannot understand what is happening to his health,” Mambetov said to UATV.
Abdullaev was detained by Russian security forces in annexed Crimea in October 2016.
He is accused of alleged involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is recognized in Russia as a terrorist organization. Human rights activists allege that Abdullaev is being persecuted because of his religious beliefs. He is a Tatar.
Abdullaev’s brother was also detained and is being tried as the organizer of terrorist activities. The case is known colloquially as the Case of the Simferopol Five. Both the Abdullaev brothers are said to have been beaten by Russian authorities during interrogation.
Abdullaev lived in the village of Stroganovka. He is a national champion of Ukraine in taekwondo. He used to teach children martial arts.
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.
Abdullaev’s detention, unless prolonged further, will last until June 11.