Arrests on the issue of Feb 26 rally go on in Crimea

13 March 2015 14:12

Crimean court, on March 11, ordered Eskender Emirvaliyev—a Crimean Tatar, who participated in pro-Ukrainian rally Feb 26, 2014, to be detained till April 18, 2015. He is charged under the article 212 of Russian Criminal Code [participation in mass gatherings].

Emirvaliyev, 30, a father of two, was arrested Feb 18 in Grushevka village of Sudak, by 4 men dressed in citizen’s clothes. They said that Emirvaliyev was a witness of a robbery of a patrol station. When he was taken to Investigation Committee of Simferopol, it turned out he was charged with participating in the Feb 26 rally.

According the head of Central Commission of Kurultay Zair Smedlyaev, Emirvaliyev’s family says that he is forced to testify against Akhtem Chiygoz, who is charged with organizing mass disorder during the rally Feb 26, 2014.

Akhtem Chiyhoz was arrested on Jan 29 charged with “organizing mass disorder” during a rally on Feb 26, 2014, when thousands Crimean Tatars rallied showing their support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

On Feb 6 an appeal against his detention was rejected.  Despite of the fact that there is ample video footage showing that Chiyhoz actively sought to calm protesters, as did other members of the Mejlis present.

It should be noted that Russian legislation was in force at the time, as Crimea joined Russia 3 weeks after the February rally.