SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Crimean court has extended the detention of deputy head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz for 3 month. He now will be detained until May 19.

Only 5 people – Chiygoz relatives – were admitted into the court hearing Feb 11. The others, mainly the members of Mejlis and other Crimean Tatars who came to show their support were not allowed in. 

Akhtem Chiyhoz was arrested on Jan 29 charged with “organizing mass disorder” during a rally on Feb 26, 2014, when thousands Crimean Tatars rallied showing their support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

On Feb 6 an appeal against his detention was rejected.  Despite of the fact that there is ample video footage showing that Chiyhoz actively sought to calm protesters, as did other members of the Mejlis present.

It should be noted that Russian legislation was in force at the time, as Crimea joined Russia 3 weeks after the February rally. 

QHA