RIGA (QHA) -

Activists and citizens of Ukraine have held a rally in support of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov in the Latvian capital, Let My People Go! human rights campaign posted on Facebook.

The activists were holding posters with the image of Ilmi Umerov, as well as Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian flags.

As QHA reported earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, illegally confined in a psychiatric hospital in the annexed Crimea, posted a statement on his Facebook on the eve of World Solidarity Day in his support.

In his statement, Ilmi Umer called on all concerned people to take to the streets to support political prisoners around the world on September 3.

The criminal 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.

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.

Nikolai Polozov, the defendant's lawyer, assesses the state of his health as a serious but stable.

PHOTO: Let My People Go!

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