Transferring Umerov to a psychiatric hospital is illegal

Umerov’s defense insists on checking the actions of the FSB officers.

18 August 2016 14:59

A Russian lawyer Nikolai Polozov commented on the forced transfer of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov from a hospital to a psychiatric clinic. The transfer was carried out today by FSB officers:

Transferring him (Ilmi Umerov -. Ed.) today to a psychiatric hospital is illegal. A court decision allowing to do it has not entered into effect yet. The defense appealed the ruling, the appeal court has not rendered a decision yet, and therefore FSB actions are arbitrary and abuse the power.

The lawyer stressed that the defense intends to initiate checks on the FSB:

We will appeal to the Prosecutor General's Office to Chaika, the Human Rights Commissioner Moskalkova, FSB Head Bortnikov, in order to ensure that they thoroughly inspect the legality of the FSB actions.

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."

The occupants also mentioned Umerov’s words about changes to the Ukraine’s Constitution when he said that the Crimean Tatar people should be granted a separate status, while Crimea should become a national autonomy within Ukraine.

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.

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