CrimeaSOS: political prisoners in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir” case continue suffering inhumane treatment

11 / 01 / 2023

Political prisoners from the “second Simferopol group” of the “Hizb ut-Tahrir” case Dzhemil Hafarov and Servet Haziiev are subjected to inhumane treatment by the occupiers. CrimeaSOS analyst Yevhenii Yaroshenko told us the following. 

“The state of health of Dzhemil Hafarov and Servet Haziiev has significantly deteriorated due to the terrible conditions of detention. The lack of proper medical care can be considered an inhuman treatment by the occupiers”, – Yevhenii Yaroshenko noted.

Dzhemil Hafarov, imprisoned in 2019, had the 3rd group of disability before his arrest due to heart disease. After being behind bars, his health worsened and doctors assigned him the 2nd group of disability. On June 28, 2022, Servet Haziiev had a microstroke. The right side of his face was paralyzed. 

On January 10, 2023, the southern district military court in Rostov-on-Don held a hearing on the case of 5 political prisoners from the “second Simferopol group” of the “Hizb ut-Tahrir” case. Judge Valery Opanasenko refused to satisfy the defendants’ motion for time to prepare the last word. Thus, the panel of judges did not listen to the last word and scheduled the announcement of the verdict for January 11. 

“During the court session, the occupiers did not give Dzhemil Hafarov and Servet Haziiev, who have serious health problems, the opportunity to rest and prepare for the last word. Such actions are violations of both the national legislation of Ukraine and legislation of the occupying state”, – Yevhenii Yaroshenko noted.

The Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine (Art. 365) and the criminal procedure code of the russian federation (Art. 293) do not allow the court to limit the duration of the last word of the accused to a certain time.

We shall remind that at least 35% of sentences for current victims of politically motivated criminal prosecutions in Crimea were handed down after the start of the full-scale invasion. Most of them are people who are accused of alleged involvement in the Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir or the volunteer Crimean Tatar battalion named after Noman Çelebicihan.


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