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

The lawyer said Bekirov’s health condition is steadily bad
08:49, 1 August 2019

Ukrainian political prisoner Edem Bekirov
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Crimean Tatar activist Edem Bekirov stated he would announce hunger strike and refuse from medicine if Supreme Court rules to pass his case to Krasnoperekopsk. According to Bekirov, he will not survive transportation due to his health condition, as he wrote in his appeal, Krym.Realii reported.

“Central District Court of Simferopol ruled to transport my case to Krasnoperekopsk district court. Transportation is like a death for me. I realize that with my disease I will not make it while transportation. So starvation in Simferopol prison No. 1 will be more painless. Therefore, I announce that if there is an attempt to transport me to Krasnoperekopsk, I will go on a hunger strike,” he wrote.

Related: Political prisoner Bekirov suffers from pneumonic fever, - wife

Bekirov’s lawyer noted that after August 2 Supreme Court will consider the appeal concerning the decision of the court to pass Bekirov’s case to Krasnoperekopsk District Court.

Ladyn stressed that the decision to go on a hunger strike is not Bekirov’s whim, he realizes he will not handle constant transportations.

The lawyer said Bekirov’s health condition is steadily bad.

Related: ECHR obliges Russia to provide Bekirov with proper medical examination

Edem Bekirov is a Crimean Tatar activist, charged with the illegal purchase, passing, storing, transporting or carrying weapons (Article 222 of Russia's Criminal Code).

However, the activist's family says he was arrested for the pro-Ukrainian stance.

Related: Ukrainian ombudsman asks Russian counterpart to provide Bekirov with immediate medical aid

June 11, the ECHR obliged Russia to transfer Bekirov to a hospital because of his health status; Russia has not yet lived up to it. The court ruled that Bekirov will stay in detention until February 11, 2019.

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