Political prisoner Gaziev suffered microstroke with facial paralysis in Russian prison, - Ukraine's Ombudswoman

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ambulance doctor who was called to the pre-trial detention center denied this fact
13:39, 9 July 2021

Crimean reality

Crimean Tatar Servet Gaziev illegally detained by the Russian authorities in the pre-trial detention center in Rostov region, suffered a microstroke, which led to facial paralysis. This was announced by Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova; she left the post on Facebook.

According to the lawyer, the ambulance doctor who was called to the pre-trial detention center denied this. He said that the political prisoner was completely healthy and did not need medical help.

"Servet Gaziev also complained about chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, diseases of the legs, joints, heart and headaches. However, appeals to the administration in order to provide the necessary medical care and qualified medical examination are ignored. I regard the these acts as torture, inhuman treatment and a violation of Article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms," the ombudswoman noted.

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At the same time, Denisova urges her Russian coleague Tatyana Moskalkova to assist in choosing a non-arrest measure.

"I appeal to the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Tatyana Moskalkova with a demand to immediately restore the violated rights of Servet Gaziev. It is necessary to provide him with the medical care, hospitalize him for medical examination and further treatment, and assist in choosing another measure of restraint, not connected with detention, because of a critical health state of Ukrainian citizen," Denisova wrote. 

Gaziev is charged with membership in the Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir; he was illegally detained in the occupied Crimea. He was pressed unfounded charges of 'extremism' on March 27, 2019.

As it was reported earlier, after the occupation of Crimea in 2014, the Russian authorities began to persecute members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir movement and arrest them for terrorism. Lawyers name these cases as religious persecution.

In December 2020, the so-called 'Supreme Court' in the annexed Crimea extended the arrest of nine Crimean Tatar activists until January 14, 2021. These are activists of the second Simferopol group in the 'Hizb ut-Tahrir case'. Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Islamic political organization that aims to establish Islamic caliphate, but rejects terrorist methods. Russia declared the organization to be terroristic in 2003, so Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in the country. Under Ukrainian law, Hizb ut-Tahrir is a legal organization. It is also not banned in Western Europe and North America, except for administrative restrictions on its activities in Germany.

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