The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened criminal proceedings over the recent illegal searches in the houses of the Crimean Tatars. The searches were conducted by the Crimean occupying authorities in the city of Simefropol, reported the press service of the Department.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, these actions grossly violated the human and civil rights granted by the Constitution and Laws of Ukraine.

- The Crimean Prosecutor's Office has launched a pre-trial investigation of a number of criminal offenses under Section 146 (false imprisonment), Section 162 (violation of the property inviolability), Section 374 (violation of the right to defense) of the Ukraine’s Criminal Code, reads the report.

These criminal offenses are punishable by a 5-year prison term.

Under Part 2 Section 12 of the Law of Ukraine "On ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine," the above-mentioned criminal proceedings have been sent to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to determine jurisdiction.

On the morning of May 26, the searches were carried out in the houses of three Crimean Tatars - Timur Osmanov, Heiser Khalilov and Arthur Haltaev. In particular, Timur Osman was arrested and taken to the FSS’s (Russian Federal Security Service) ‘E’ Center for interrogation where he had been held without food for a long time, as well as deprived of a possibility to meet with public defenders. The raids were also carried out in houses and shopping sites collectively owned by the detained Crimean Tatars.

Nariman Jelal, First Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, said that the searches in the houses of the Crimean Tatars were supposedly carried out within the "fight against illegal migrants."

Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov noted that the searches were also conducted in Alupka.

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