The Head of the Central Election Commission of the Crimean Tatar Qurultai Zair Smedlyaev shared on Facebook the information on detention of Ali Ozenbash, citing Hatice Mamut.
“A few minutes ago, at Chongar checkpoint, Russian border control staff, and possibly the FSB officers, have detained Ali Ozenbash, returning to Crimea. Probably for explanations or any other purpose. Details are unknown. Information was provided by eyewitnesses,” Smedlyaey posted.
It was reported in the media earlier that this is not the first detention of Ali Ozenbash. Thus, on September 7, 2014, Ozenbash was detained by Russian border guards on the outskirts of Crimea. According to the Chairman of the Qurultai Audit Commission, he went to the city of Lviv to meet with Mustafa Jemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people and Ukrainian MP, and Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis. Russian border guards treated him rudely throwing soil in his face and injuring his hand. On arrival to Kyiv he planned to seek medical help. So, according to Ozenbash, the main purpose of his detention was intimidating and bullying him as an active member of the Crimean Tatar community.
A similar situation happened on May 30, 2016, when Ozenbash was going through Russian passport check-point. He was detained and questioned.
His personal belongings were examined and he was said to wait for the FSB officer.