SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Today, May 20, the Court continues a hearing on the extension of the detention period of Ahtem Chiygoz, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, who has already been brought to the "Supreme Court" of Crimea.

- Ahtem Chiygoz has been brought to the Court. The hearing has started, CEC Head of the Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar People Zair Smedlyaev wrote on Facebook.

Immediately after the hearing started, the "Prosecutor's Office" accused Ahtem Chiygoz of committing a crime and requested to extend his detention term up to two months.

- It turns out, Chiygoz is not suspected, but accused of committing a crime, and he continues keeping in touch with Dzhemilev and Chubarov, wrote Smedlyaev.

Six persons are charged with involvement in mass riots during a rally that took place outside the Crimean Parliament on February 26, 2014. Three of them, Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermenzhi and Ali Asanov, are being held in Simferopol’s pre-trial detention center 1, while the other three, Eskender Kantemirov, Talyat Yunusov and Eskender Emirvaliyev, have been released on bail and are awaiting trial.

On March 29, the defendants were not brought to Crimea’s Supreme Court for two hearings which were to be held by videoconference.

After the judges overruled the defense’s motion to bring Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi to the courtroom, the defense filed another one seeking to reschedule the hearing because the defense was not duly notified.

As a result, the hearing of an appeal filed against Judge Galina Redko’s out of court decision of March 03, 2016, whereby detention term of Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov was illegally extended, was rescheduled for April 6.

A hearing of an appeal filed against a decision of March 11, 2016, whereby detention term of Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov was illegally extended, was rescheduled for April 7.

According to Nikolay Polozov, Ahtem Chiygoz’s lawyer, the judges keep rescheduling hearings in the hope of public interest in the trial waning by summer lull.

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