Edem Semedlyaev, a lawyer of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov, was not allowed to visit his client, who has been illegally transferred to a psychiatric hospital.

Today, I tried to meet with my client Ilmi Umerov, however valiant workers of the mental hospital prohibited me to do it thereby grossly violating Ilmi Umerov’s rights, lawyer wrote on Facebook.

Semedlyaev reminded that according to Article 48 of the Russian Constitution everyone is guaranteed the right to qualified legal assistance.

Every person who was arrested, taken into custody or charged with a crime has the right for lawyer’s assistance from the moment of arrest, detention or indictment, reported Semedlyaev.

The lawyer also wrote that according to Art. 6 of the Federal Law on Legal Practice and the Bar in the Russian Federation the lawyer has the right to "freely meet with a client in private, in conditions that ensure the confidentiality (including the detention period) with the number of meetings and their duration being unlimited."

May 19, the occupation authorities accused Umerov of separatist statements during his speech at the ATR TV Channel when the Mejlis Deputy Chairman said "it is necessary to force Russia to pull back from Crimea and Donbas."

Following that, the FSB in the Crimea has launched a criminal case against Umerov "on suspicion of incitement to violation of territorial integrity of the Russian Federation."

On July 14, he filed an appeal against the decision to institute criminal proceedings against him to the Kiev District Court of Simferopol.

Umerov also sent to a FSB investigator a disclaimer to voluntarily undergo outpatient forensic psychiatric examination, describing it as an attempt to damage his reputation, as well as discredit and humiliate him.

Ilmi Umerov started feeling sick during a trial. He was hospitalized with heart attack risk.

On August 18, the FSB illegally transferred the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov from the hospital to a psychiatric clinic.

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