“I hope to see him, cast a glance at him and hold his hand,” Aliye says with tears in her eyes. Her cancer leaves her, perhaps, several weeks, if not days, of life. “I miss him very much… My only wish is to see my son just for a moment.”
The court in Simferopol has proposed the only option: that the dying woman, who is lying in bed, come to the remand prison to see Akhtem. The authorities’ denial of the meeting is a new phase of moral torture, states Chiygoz’s lawyer Nikolai Polozov. The defense is now preparing to apply to the UN Committee against Torture.
The prisoner’s wife Elmira Ablyalimova says her husband did not harbor illusions about the “humanity” of Russian authorities. However, he pleaded the court to visit his mother even for ten minutes. “Then I’ll come back, and you’ll judge me farther as long as you want,” he assured but to no avail.
Ablyalimova asks the Ukrainian government to “mobilize all the efforts, including those on the international level, so that the Crimeans feel protected and the political prisoners be liberated.”
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