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Nariman Dzhelial, Asan and Aziz Akhtemovs Will Be Kept in Detention Until October 26

The ‘Supreme Court’ of Crimea extended a detention period of Nariman Dzhelial, Asan and Aziz Akhtemovs for 3 months: up to October 26, 2022

As Mrs.Leviza Dzhelial, Nariman’s spouse and civilian advocate informed, the ‘prosecutor’ sent a request to provide information on medical examination of defendants, and FSB men visits to them to the Pre-Trial Detention Centre.

“These petitions were submitted because Asan had indicated in his interrogation that after torture with electric current and numerous blows, he suffered from their consequences (burns on the inside of the lips and ears, pain in the ribs, accompanied with breath shortness, gut transfer disturbances, etc.). He claimed that he applied in writing to the medical department every day. But there was no proper examination, because the applications did not reach the medical department, and sometimes they were simply destroyed. In order to hide the consequences of torture, he was placed in the quarantine cell for two months, though the maximum stay in such a cell should be two weeks. Asan explained his two-month’s staying there with an intention to have all signs of beating him disappeared during this time, so none could be able to verify them,’ Mrs.Leviza Dzhelial clarified.

In addition, according to her, Asan and Aziz Akhtemovs told that FSB men had visited them unofficially several times in the Pre-Trial Detention Centre and persuaded them to return to their previous testimonies in exchange for a lighter pre-trial restriction.

“The petition was granted, despite the defence’s objection to the content of the second part, because, according to the defence, it is obvious that the Pre-Trial Detention Centre will never provide reliable information about the unofficial visits of FSB men,” the civilian advocate noted.

As reported, on December 15, the preliminary investigation in the case of blowing up the gas pipeline in the village of Perevalne was completed.

The case defendants are charged under RF CC Articles 281-2 a), b) (commitment of sabotage by an organized group that caused significant property damage), 222.1-4 (illegal acquisition, storage and transportation of explosive devices committed by an organized group), 226.1-3 (illegal transfer of an explosive device through the customs border of the Customs Union within the framework of the EurAsEcC, committed by an organized group).

The defendants have pleaded not guilty to any of the charges.

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