KYIV (QHA) -

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov is sure that the "court" of Simferopol accused the political prisoner Ilmi Umerov unfairly.

“Umerov could act differently, many people admitted their guilt for what they did not commit. But he did not do it," Refat-aga told a QHA correspondent.

The Head of the Mejlis stresses that Ilmi has proved that his words are his principles, and he will not refuse them.

"It's not a court decision, it's Putin's decision to kill Umerov. This was done to force the Crimean Tatars to leave the Crimea. The only thing that can help Umerov and other political prisoners is the clear word of the international community," Chubarov said.

Refat-aga also claims that Putin will continue to toughen repression against the Crimean Tatar people.

On September 27, the Kremlin-controlled Simferopol district court passed a verdict in the case of Ilmi Umerov and chose a preventive measure in the form of two years in an open prison.

Lawyer Nikolai Polozov noted that, given the state of Ilmi Umerov’s health, the sentence of two years in a settlement colony is equival to a death sentence. He also said that the Russian authorities might take Ilmi Umerov to the territory of the Russian Federation to serve his sentence preventing the access to his relatives and lawyers.

Earlier, the Russian prosecutor requested a punishment for Ilmi Umerov in the form of 3 years and 6 months of suspended sentence, probation for 3 years and a ban for three years to engage in public and teaching activities.

Reference: On May 12, 2016, the FSB in Crimea initiated a criminal case against Ilmi Umerov under art. 280.1 for allegedly calling on the television channel ATR for actions that threaten the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.

Ilmi Umerov claims that the case against him was initiated on the basis of two phrases, pulled out of context and incorrectly translated, with adding the words he did not utter.

QHA