KYIV (QHA) -

France urged to release all Ukrainian citizens illegally convicted in Crimea in connection with the liberation of illegally condemned Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz, illegally detained by the occupation authorities in the peninsula.

The statement of the French Embassy was published on its official.

“Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov were released. Again and again we call for the release of all citizens of Ukraine, who are illegally detained in violation of international laws in the Crimea,” reads the message.

Earlier, October 25, Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, previously convicted in the occupied Crimea, were transferred to Turkey.

In Turkey, Chiygoz noted that the Crimean Tatar people received guarantees that the repression against the Crimean Tatars in the Crimea would not go unpunished. He also announced his desire to return to the Crimea.

According to Ilmi Umerov, he was taken directly from the hospital room in occupied Crimea to Ankara. FSB officers suggested him to request for a pardon addressed to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, but he adamantly refused.

Reference: September 27, the Simferopol district "court" convicted the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov. The occupying court found him guilty of separatism under article 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Public calls for actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation) and sentenced him to 2 years in a colony-settlement and 2 years of a ban on public activities.

On September 11, the so-called Supreme Court of Crimea fully supported the charge against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz, which was requested by the prosecutor's office providing for 8 years of imprisonment.

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