Today, March, 11, after more than an hour delay the Supreme Court of Crimea started hearing in the so-called case of "February 26."
"The Prosecutor of Crimea" Natalia Poklonskaya, who took individual control over the case, has not showed up at the court.
Nikolai Polozov, a lawyer of Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, has claimed the recusal of the judge Galina Redko due to the Court’s decision firstly to extend the detention period of Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov, and then to hold them in jail for an indefinite term until the investigations are completed and the sentence is pronounced.
The judge Redko has been removed from the case, inter alia, on the basis of the dual citizenship, as well as occupying the judge position in Ukraine, Polozov wrote on Twitter.
According to the lawyer, the Prosecutor objected to the removal and the judges left the room for an extraordinary meeting.
Ahtem Chiygoz has been kept in prison for more than a year on the charges of organizing "mass disorder" outside the Crimean Parliament on February 26, 2014, when the Crimean Tatars gathered to support the integrity of Ukraine. Except Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi are also being held in jail as charged by the Crimean authorities with participation in this rally.