My brother, on October 13, 2023, underwent MRI and CT examinations at the Central Clinical Hospital. On the same day, we officially applied to the Medical Administration of the Ministry of Justice to receive the examination results for our family. Since then, we have been waiting for a response, wondering if we will ever get an answer.

Regarding the examination results, we have not received any substantial information, not even orally. The problem in my brother's back has worsened, with previous issues noted in the L4 segment. Now, similar nerve problems have been found in the L3 and L5 discs. We can assess the severity of the problem only after we receive the MRI disc, but they don't give us the MRI discs. So, we are left in the dark. The head of the Medical-Sanitary Department at the Baku Investigative Detention Center, Rashad Huseynli, simply labels it as "osteochondrosis" and dismisses us.

The issue related to sugar has also escalated. Despite the endocrinologist at the Medical Administration prescribing insulin instead of tablets, there has been no improvement. His blood sugar levels remain close to 300 at best. Prolonged high sugar levels make us fear negative effects on my brother's internal organs, especially his eyes and kidneys. Although the Medical Administration's endocrinologist recommended examinations for both organs, the required procedures are either not carried out or delayed. It seems that an ophthalmologist came to check my brother's eyes, but they only tested his vision at different distances using letters. However, diabetic patients should undergo a thorough eye examination (ophthalmoscopy - examination of the inner part of the eye, optic nerve disc, blood vessels, and periphery). There is no information about kidney examinations either. They haven't reported the results of a blood analysis taken to measure creatinine levels for a week, and they haven't found it necessary to conduct the required ultrasound examinations.

We are also completely unaware of the real condition of heart problems (aortic aneurysm, hypertrophy, diastolic dysfunction). As I mentioned before, we have not received any information from either the Medical-Sanitary Department at the detention center or the Ministry of Justice regarding the recent CT examination.

After the recent visits, what worries me the most are the observed neurological disorders in my brother's nervous system. This not only poses a problem but also creates favorable conditions for the progression of other illnesses (heart, diabetes, and others).

The Penitentiary Service of the Red Crescent of Azerbaijan does not allow my brother to be examined by a representative of their medical team. In response to our official inquiries, they stated that providing such information is not provided for by law.

Despite our persistent efforts, the Ombudsman remains silent and considers his job done by forwarding our letters to the Ministry of Justice and its institutions. Even his colleagues who are supposed to visit the detention center do not dare to enter the camera where my brother is held.

Galib Toghrul