Nariman Jelal, First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, stated at the "court" hearing that the plaintiff's claims are illegal and the charges have no evidence base. 

“Mejlis is not a public organization, but a representative body of the people based on a personal membership,” Argumenty Nedeli Krym quotes Jelal as saying according to court broadcast.

During his speech in court, Nariman Jelal read out the articles from the international UN declaration on indigenous peoples and cited the evidence that the Mejlis is not a public association, but the international organization having its representatives in the CIS countries and Europe.

“The Mejlis took part in the OSCE and the UN. Moreover, it plans to establish its official missions in Brussels and Washington in the near future,” the publication reports.

Zair Smedlyaev, Head of the Qurultai Central Election Commission, also confirmed the above said.

“Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people is not a public organization, but a representative body of the people having structural subdivisions abroad. Thus, the decision to ban the Mejlis as a public organization is illegal,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Today, April 26, the "Prosecutor" of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya showed up at the next court hearing. In her accusatory speech she told about the "extremism" and “cooperation of the Mejlis members with the West and links of the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people with terrorist organizations "Hizb ut-Tahrir" and "Grey Wolves."

As evidence of the Mejlis extremist activity, the Russian court attached to the case the article “Protest in the Woods” written by Mustafa Jemilev in 1988.

Evening April, 25, the "Supreme Court" of Crimea rescheduled hearing in the "Mejlis case" for April, 26 9.30 a.m.