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Occupiers in Crimea hold citizen journalist detained in a special security block and take away his medicine

26.04.2023, 11:48
Photo: Crimean Solidarity
Photo: Crimean Solidarity

The occupiers are holding Amet Suleymanov, a citizen journalist from the "Crimean Solidarity" initiative, detained in a special security block and have taken away the medicine he needs to take weekly.

His wife, Lilia Lyumanova, reported this after seeing him at the Simferopol pre-trial detention center, according to the Crimean Solidarity.

Amet suffers from chronic rheumatic heart disease, which is why doctors prescribed him Bicillin-5. The injection must be taken once every three weeks. However, at the detention center, the drug and the syringes were taken away from him.

"Now the question is how it will go, who will do it, will it be done at all?" says Lilia Lyumanova. Suleymanov was allowed to keep some of his daily medicine with him.

On April 24, the wife was allowed to see her husband. This was their first meeting in the three weeks since he was transferred from house arrest to the pre-trial detention center. On April 5, despite his medical diagnoses and the doctors' decision to replace his heart valve, Amet Suleymanov's measure of restraint was changed.

Amet Suleymanov suffers from arterial and mitral heart failure, he was recommended a heart valve replacement surgery. In addition, the defendant has a disability, but in 2015 his disabled person status was revoked due to his refusal to undergo an operation in Moscow – Suleymanov was undergoing treatment in a Kyiv hospital and planned to have the surgery under the supervision of his regular doctor. On March 11, 2020, after the search of his house and his subsequent detention, the occupation court in Simferopol decided to place Suleymanov under house arrest – an unprecedented decision in the history of Hizb ut-Tahrir cases in Russia. According to his lawyer, Lilia Hemeci, he felt sick as soon as the court session where a measure of restraint for him was being selected.

Amet Suleymanov was under house arrest throughout the trial. Initially, he was taken to the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don for hearings, but was later allowed to attend via video calls from the Crimean Garrison Military Court. Even then, the defendant had a hard time sitting through the court hearings, which sometimes had to be interrupted so that he could see a doctor.

Despite numerous statements on the protection of Suleymanov's health, the Southern District Military Court decided to send him to a strict regime colony for 12 years.

On April 5, 2023, FPS employees came to the home of citizen journalist Amet Suleymanov to implement the sentence that had entered into force. The Crimean Tatar man was sentenced to 12 years in a high-security prison.

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