: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russian occupation authorities in Crimea put human rights activist in psychiatric ward

Human rights activist Amir-Usein Kuku, who is one of the suspects of a so-called ”Hizb-ut-Tahrir case” has been thrown into a solitary confinement in a psychiatric clinic in Simferopol, where he was placed for a mandatory psychiatric examination, Radio Liberty reported citing the activist`s lawyer, Eden Semedlyaev, as saying.

The information came from the clinic`s patients, the lawyer said, adding that Mr Kuku has most likely remained in the solitary confinement since day he was admitted, December 8.

Mr Semedlyaev claims that the reasons for his client`s isolation in a confinement are trumped up: ”First, they said he had scabies, then –they said he had no scabies and just came up with something else.”

Emir-Usein Kuku was sent by a Russian-controlled local court to a forced psychiatric examination on December 8. Later the same day, the court ruled to extend the defendant`s pre-trial detention until February 8, 2017.

Emir-Usein Kuku has been indicted in the so-called ”Hizb-ut-Tahrir case” and has been held in custody since February 11, 2016. He is charged with ”terrorism” and affiliation with a Hizb-ut-Tahrir Islamic political group, which is banned in Russia and recognized by Russian authorities as a terrorist organization. Moscow has extended the ban to the Russian- occupied Ukrainian Crimea, while in Ukraine this organization`s operations are legitimate.

See also: Russia provides political kidnappings against Crimean Tatars


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