SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Lawyers of the Deputy Chair of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov who was sentenced by the Kremlin-controlled court of the city of Simferopol to 2 years in the open prison, intend to appeal against the verdict, lawyer Mark Feigin informed in the commentary to QHA.

"An appeal will be filed tomorrow morning. Edem Semedlyaev is to submit it. At the same time, the court will render the verdict only on Monday," he said.

Feigin called the verdict "insane and completely ignoring all the arguments of the defense."

“The verdict was unexpected. Russian justice has managed to outdo itself. Such a verdict is absolutely inadequate, because even the prosecutor requested a suspended sentence," he said.

At the moment, lawyers are drafting a short appeal on Ilmi Umerov's verdict.

Previously QHA reported that Mark Feigin, the lawyer of the Deputy Chair of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, said that international publicity would affect the outcome of the verdict as a whole.

The defense intends to turn to the European Court of Human Rights after the appeal. In parallel, the lawyer has considerations regarding the International Court of Justice of the United Nations in the Hague, where the Ukrainian lawsuit against the Russian Federation is being considered.

The Russian prosecutor requested a punishment for Ilmi Umerov in the form of 3 years and 6 months of suspended sentence, probation for 3 years and a ban for three years to engage in public and teaching activities.

Reference: On May 12, 2016, the FSB in Crimea initiated a criminal case against Ilmi Umerov under art. 280.1 for allegedly calling on the television channel ATR for actions that threaten the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.

Ilmi Umerov claims that the case against him was initiated on the basis of two phrases, pulled out of context and incorrectly translated, with adding the words he did not utter.

QHA