Police tried to strip lawyer in search of “extremist tattoos”

Russian police officers demanded that lawyer Edem Semedlyaev undress in order to find “extremist tattoos” on his body. When he refused, a report was drawn up against him for disobeying a lawful request from a police officer. About it informs edition Crimea.Realii.

The incident took place the day before in Simferopol in the annexed Crimea near the Central police department, the editorial office reports with reference to Semedlyaev’s colleague, Nazim Sheikhmambetov. The lawyer came there to provide legal assistance to the detained Crimean Tatars.

An employee of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Countering Extremism Ruslan Shambazov took the lawyer to a separate room, where, in the presence of a colleague and two unrepresented men, he demanded that he undress. Semedlyaev noted that his religion, Islam, forbids him to strip in front of men, and refused to do so. After that, a protocol was drawn up against him.

Advocate appealed with a complaint to the Crimean Chamber of Lawyers and asked to redirect his complaint to the Federal Chamber of Russia. The chamber has not yet reacted, Krym.Realii draws attention.

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