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Supreme Court of Crimea ruled to extend a jail time for Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermendzhy and Ali Asanov - defendants in the case of "February 26" until March 8, Zair Smedlyaev, the Head of the Central Election Commission of Kurultay of the Crimean Tatar people, told the QHA news agency.

He said the defense had filed five petitions, and all of them were rejected. The first petition was seeking a permit for audio and video recording of a court session, which has a wide public resonance.

Lawyers tried to get defendants released on their own recognizance, but Court decided to grant the prosecution’s move and extend the detention period until March 8.

- It was to be expected. It is a clear political order against the Crimean Tatar people that is clear from the number of prisoners on a national basis. Although a collision was mutual, only Crimean Tatars are brought to responsibility...There are no bright prospects as the hearings, in principle, are formal, said Smedlyaev.

In addition, the lawyer also moved to dismiss the criminal case of "February 26" since it is not a prerogative of Russian law enforcement agencies as the events of February 26, 2014 took place in Ukraine when Ukrainian law enforcement agencies were carrying out their duties here. As expected, this motion was also rejected.

The next hearing in the case of "February 26" is to be held February 27 at 01.00 p.m.

QHA