Ilmi Umerov, recently elected Mejlis deputy head, was questioned on March 23 by the Investigative Committee’s ‘department for particularly important cases’ as a witness on the case of Feb 26 pro-Ukrainian rally, which took place more than a year ago in Simferopol.

“Most of the time we were just talking. I supposed that the questions would be related to my position and statements, still the questions were about Ahtem Chiygoz and his role in the Feb 26 meeting”- Umerov said to QHA correspondent.

“When I was asked about Ahtem, I said that I caught sight of him several times on Feb 26, and each time he was trying to calm people, not escalating the situation”- Umerov said, adding he was ready to testimony at law on the issue of the Feb. 26 rally.

According to Umerov, the trial of Ahtem Chiygoz and other participants of the rally is “a political issue”.

“The court will not examine in details how did Chiygoz act during the meeting: if the politicians decide that one should be imprisoned, the court will make such a decision”- he summed up.

Deputy head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz imprisoned since Jan 29 on charges laid under Russian law although pertaining to a demonstration held before Crimean unification with Russia.

Chiygoz is accused of “inciting interethnic hatred” during the rally of Feb 26, 2014, when thousands of Crimean Tatars gathered at the Crimean Parliament to show their support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.