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Zair Smedlyaev, Head of the Kurultai Central Election Commission told a QHA correspondent, that the court session stared after 10:00 am (local time) instead of 9:30 am.

“A special tendency to change (the judgment - Ed.) is not observed. As always, the court is on the prosecution side, the defense arguments are ignored, the petitions of the prosecutor's office are supported,” Smedlyaev said.

According to him, the hearing is currently adjourned because a translator from Ukrainian into Russian - to translate the case files to the court – is required.

“Today, they (the judges - Ed.) are unlikely to deliver any judgment. In any case, in my opinion, the judges will make a it on May 5,” predicts the Head of the Kurultai Central Election Commission.

Zair Smedlyaev also said that a long queue of people wishing to get into the court room gathered outside the building in the morning. Now, because of the rain, the people gradually leaving. The initiator of the "Mejlis case" - the so-called Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya has not appeared in the court. 

April 13, 2016, the "Prosecutor of Crimea" Natalia Poklonskaya suspended the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in Crimea and claimed that the decision will be valid pending the verdict by the “Crimean Supreme Court.” 

April 15, 2016, a hearing in the Mejlis ban was adjourned until 25 April. One of the reasons was the absence of the Mejlis Deputy Chairman Nariman Jelal.

April 18, 2016, the Russian Ministry of Justice has put the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on the list of public and religious organizations banned “due to their extremist activities.” This action has been condemned by Ukraine, a number of international organizations and human rights defenders.

A Spokesman for the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said that the issue of banning the Mejlis activities on the peninsula is an "internal Russian matter", and Russia does not intend to listen to the "advice" from the outside.


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