MFA Ukraine calls on int'l community to look into developments around held Crimean Tatar activist's illness

23:10, 23 July 2019
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"The alarming news comes from the occupied Simferopol, where the incapacitated Crimean Tatar, Edem Bekirov, is being illegally held. His health keeps worsening. We urge the international community not to turn a blind eye to Russia's violations of human rights," the ministry's press secretary Kateryna Zelenko wrote on Twitter.

As UNIAN reported, on December 12, 2018, Russian security forces detained Bekirov at the de-facto border between mainland Ukraine and Russia-occupied Crimea. He was accused of storing, distributing and transporting more than 10 kg of TNT and 190 rounds of live ammo.

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Bekirov has a leg amputated, and also he has diabetes. He has already suffered a heart attack and underwent heart surgery. The activist’s daughter has repeatedly stated that his health has deteriorated.

On June 6, the Kremlin-controlled "court" in Simferopol extended Bekirov's custody term until August 12.

On June 11, the European Court of Human Rights ordered that the Russian immediately place Bekirov in the hospital.

On June 12, the FSB of the Russian Federation completed the investigation into Bekirov’s case and filed an indictment.

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On July 10, the ECHR handed down another ruling in the Bekirov case, stating that independent and specialized doctors should conduct a medical examination and eventually prepare separate, detailed conclusions on each of Bekirov's health issues. They must indicate whether the medical care provided to Bekirov is adequate and whether he is fit to be held in remand as a preventive measure.

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