(QHA) -

Simferopol court has partially answered to a claim of Riza Shevkiyev—Director General of Crimea Fund Charitable organization, in which the building of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people was located—who was fined 350,000  rubles, decreasing his fine to 100,000.

“This is a result of rather objective trial. I had some doubts that the issue would be settled this way, as numerous verdicts of non guilty on various criminal cases had been rejected”- Shevkiyev’s lawyer Dzhemil Temishev said to QHA correspondent.

In November a court in Simferopol imposed a fine of 4.5 million roubles on the Crimea Foundation and 350 thousand roubles on its director.  Shevkiev was blunt in his condemnation, calling the court ruling the latest stage in the politically-motivated attack aimed at crushing the Crimea Foundation. 

The ruling stated that the fine was for having allowed the Mejlis to occupy the building without agreeing this with the State Cultural Heritage Committee, for having allowed the Avdet newspaper (which the Crimea Found is a founder of) to have its offices in the building, and that repairs had been carried out without being agreed in the attic of the building. All of this was used as grounds for applying the maximum possible administrative penalty against the Crimea Foundation.

QHA