Ilgar Mammadov Suffers from Acute Osteochondrosis

Ilgar Mammadov, the leader of the REAL movement, was examined on March 24 by doctors of the Medical Service of the Ministry of Justice. This was announced by the Executive Secretary of REAL Natig Jafarli. According to him, the doctors diagnosed osteochondrosis at him.

The doctors recommended improving the sleeping conditions and providing him with a hard bed to alleviate the pain. “According to our information, the management of the institution promised to do this,” Jafarli said.

According to him, on March 25, members of the Mammadov family visited him, delivering the necessary medications, after which he began to feel somewhat better.

At the same time, Jafarli expressed hope that conditions would be created for Mammadov's examination by foreign doctors through the Red Cross.

Mammadov's wife Vafa Mammadova also noted that, in comparison with previous days, Ilgar felt slightly better.

But in general, his state is bad and he needs serious qualified treatment.

The cause of exacerbation of his osteochondrosis was the absence of seats and lying places corresponding to orthopedic rules in the prison.

Mammadov had previously suffered from back pain, but in prison the illness worsened.

At the same time, the medical doctors of the Ministry of Justice, who examined Mammadov, considered it necessary to transfer him to a medical institution.  The doctors said that this illness is treated with medicines, injections and orthopedic beds and seats, Mammadov's wife said.

According to her, Ilgar insists on the examination by foreign doctors, but over the past four years he was not examined by doctors at all.

Mehman Sadigov, head of the public relations department of the Penitentiary Service, commenting on the possibility of examining Mammadov by foreign doctors, said that convicts can receive medical assistance not only from the doctors of the Ministry of Justice, but also from other specialists, which is provided by law. However, this is done at the expense of the convict.

* Ilgar Mammadov was arrested on February 4, 2013 on charges of organizing riots in the Ismayilli region. He was sentenced to 7 years. The European Court of Human Rights recognized the arrest of Mammadov as politically motivated and decided that he should be released. -03B06-

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