Crimean Tatar activist in Yalta taken into custody

Muedin Alvapov who was detained January 23 in the city of Alupka is accused of setting cars on fire.

26 January 2016 10:38

January 25, Yalta City Court held a hearing and passed a judgment to take into custody a resident of the city of Alupka Muedin Alvapov, detained Jan. 23, until March 23, Zair Smedlyaev, the Head of the Central Election Commission of Kurultay of the Crimean Tatar people, told the QHA news agency.

- Hearing has finished. It was ordered to hold in custody Muedin Alvapov until March, 23. He is charged with "vandalism” and setting cars on fire. In future, something else may be incriminated, said Smedlyaev.

The hearing, scheduled at 04.00 p.m., started only at 08.00 p.m. According to Smedlyaev, the judge was going to hold a hearing behind closed doors and relatives were not allowed into the courtroom for a long time.

- First, they didn’t allow anyone to enter. Then after writing a letter to the Court Chairman, and a lot of discussions on the part of the court, they ultimately agreed to let the relatives in, said the Head of the CEC.

The information on the arrest of Muedin Alvapov on January 24 was reported by Nariman Dzhelyal, the first Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. He said Muedin’s brother Mustafa, who is currently in mainland Ukraine, is also among the suspects. According to Dzhelyal, Alvapov’s family is a socially active one. Thus, the young people can be pursued because of their political views.

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