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Crimean Tatar Bekirov to stay in detention till October 11, - Ukraine's Ombudsman

August 15, Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea would decide which of the local courts has to consider the criminal case of Edem Bekirov, accused of allegedly illegal storage of ammunition and explosive
19:46, 8 August 2019

Ukrainian political prisoner Edem Bekirov
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On August 8, the so-called “Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea” extended the arrest of the Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov accused of allegedly illegal storage of ammunition and explosive. He will stay in custody till October 11, as Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova reported on Facebook.

According to her, Bekirov’s lawyers provided all documents required for changing of restrictive measure on home arrest (due to the health condition, property in Crimea).

“Yet, detention is still in force, a seriously ill person does not receive appropriate medical care, independent doctors are not allowed to see him,” she noted.

Related: Political prisoner Bekirov to go on hunger strike if his case is passed to Krasnoperekopsk

Denisova added that on August 15 Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea will decide which of the local courts had to consider the criminal case on its merits – “Krasnoperekopsky District Court of Crimea” or “Central District Court of Simferopol”.

“Edem Bekirov might not make it during convoying (I degree of disability, critical blood sugar level, hypertension, pancreatitis, severe backache, trophic ulcers on the left leg). He claimed he would go on hunger strike if the court decides to transfer him to Krasnoperekopsk,” Denisova stressed.

Related: Crimean Tatar political prisoner Bekirov requires acute medicine, - Human Rights Watch

She also noted that only pressure from the international community put on Russia can save Bekirov’s life.

As it was reported, Crimean Tatar activist Bekirov, who was illegally detained in the Simferopol pretrial detention center, was forced to testify against Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, national leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev, and director of the ATR TV channel Lenur Islyamov.

Bekirov is one of the Crimean Tatar civil activists in the village of Novo-Oleksiyivka. His wife Gulnara is a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.

Related: Ukrainian ombudswoman calls on international society not to allow further detention of Bekirov in Crimea

He is accused under Part 2 of Article 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of weapons, their main parts, ammunition).

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