“The Crimean Supreme Court has turned down an appeal to reconsider a verdict handed down by Simferopol’s Kiev District Court whereby Mustafa Degermenji’s term of detainment was to get extended until November 7, 2015,” Nariman Jelyal, First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, wrote on his Facebook page.

“It was a case of another judge deliberately ignoring the defense attorneys’ arguments and traditionally taking part in an orchestrated criminal persecution of the non-guilty in the ‘February 26’ case.

Despite a strong likelihood of ending up being isolated from their families, friends and community, Illegally accused Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis, Ali Asanov, a public activist, and Mustafa Degermenji , a public activist, stand as a paragon of fortitude and courage.

I suggest that all those afraid of their own shadow, scared of losing a job and fearful of standing for their own and their fellow countrymen’s rights, which get violated on a daily basis, go to the court room and see our heroes facing this, apology for, ‘trial’. Maybe someone would be brave enough to sign an appeal calling for their people’s rights to be defended,” First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, wrote.

Just a reminder: Mustafa Degermenji got detained by a group of individuals numbering 6 to 8, who were wearing full combat gear and wielding machine guns. The detainment took place in the village of Grushevka of the Sudak region on May 7, 2015.