SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) -

During the hearing into the February 26 case at the Supreme Court of Crimea, Nikolai Polozov, lawyer of Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, said that it was politically motivated. 

“Expressing my attitude towards the charges brought against Chiygoz, I spoke about the political motivation of the criminal case and the fabrication of evidences,” he twitted. 

Just a reminder: Today, the trial into the 26 February is being held in Simferopol. The defendants in the case are Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, and the Crimean Tatar activists Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy. The three are held in custody in the detention center No.1 in Simferopol. Eskender Kantemirov, Eskender Emirvaliev and Arsen Yunusov are also among the defendants.

Today, the so-called Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya and her subordinates supporting the prosecution in the February 26 case were recused.  Three Crimean judges discussed the recusation in the deliberation room for more than 40 minutes, and then predictably rejected the disqualification of the prosecutors.

QHA