KYIV (QHA) -

Crimean Tatar Resource Center made a statement about the verdict that "Simferopol District Court" delivered to the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov. The Head of the board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Eskender Bariev published the statement on his Facebook page.

“The Crimean Tatar Resource Center states that the decision of the occupation court is politically motivated and criminal. This unjust decision is directed against dissent and all those who do not agree with Russia's illegal actions in the Crimea. Thus, Russia demonstrates the fight against dissent and freedom of speech,” Bariev wrote.

Earlier, QHA reported, that lawyers of Ilmi Umerov ho was sentenced to 2 years in the colony-settlement by the Kremlin-controlled court of the city of Simferopol, intend to appeal against the verdict. Lawyer Mark Feigin called the verdict "insane and completely ignoring all the arguments of the defense." At the moment, lawyers are drafting a short appeal on the verdict.

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.

The open prison is a kind of penitentiary institutions in Russia, in which the convicted persons are sentenced to imprisonment for crimes committed by negligence, as well as persons who first committed crimes of small or medium gravity. Such institutions are mainly located in the northern and eastern regions of Russia.

QHA