SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Simferopol court has dismissed a suit brought by Mejlis Advisor on Affairs with Turkey, General Coordinator of Crimean News Agency Ismet Yuksel, against Russia’s Federal Security Service’s decision to ban him from entering Crimea for 5 years.

Simferopol court said it was incompetent to make such decisions, stressing that Yuksel was a foreign citizen and the FSB office was located in Moscow.

Earlier, Ismet Yuksel’s case marked top secret was transferred to Moscow court.

Ismet Yuksel, Mejlis Advisor on Affairs with Turkey, the general coordinator of Crimean News Agency, was banned from entering Crimea for five years after being turned back on August 9th when he tried to enter Crimea from mainland Ukraine.

The authorities gave Yuksel no reason when he was turned away along with his family as they were returning from Turkey.

Yuksel has brought a lawsuit against FSB over his ban.

Yuksel is the third prominent Crimean Tatar to be barred from Crimea since its unification with Russia in March, along with Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev and head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Refat Chubarov. All of them are accused of “extremist activity and inciting interethnic hatred”.

QHA