Mark Feigin, a lawyer of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, arrived in Crimea to try to free his client from a psychiatric hospital, according to a message posted on his Twitter account on Sunday, August 28.
“Tomorrow, I will try - together with my colleagues who protect Ilmi Umerov in Crimea - to free him from the psychiatric hospital. We will try to do it,” the lawyer wrote.
On August 27, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on Human Rights made a statement on illegal confinement in a psychiatric hospital of the Mejlis Deputy Chairman Ilmi Umerov.
As QHA reported earlier, the case against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov was launched at the request of the so-called Public Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea. The prosecution alleges that in March 2016, Umerov being in the territory of Ukraine, publicly called to "violate the territorial integrity of Russia" during his live interview with ATR TV Channel.
Ilmi Umerov started feeling sick at the hearing in the city of Simferopol on August 11. He was hospitalized with heart attack risk.
August 18, FSB officers - before the entry of the court decision into force - illegally transferred Umerov from the hospital to a psychiatric clinic, taking away vital medication and allowing him to see his family in a strictly specified time.
The health of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov – transported to the Simferopol mental hospital for a compulsory forensic examination - deteriorated sharply on August 21. He lost consciousness, presumably due to the aggravation of hypertensive crisis.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the forced confinement of the Mejlis Deputy Chairman Ilmi Umerov in a psychiatric hospital as return to the Stalin era.