Crimean Committee on International Relations and Deported Citizens will support a lawsuit to recognize the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People as an extremist organization in Crimea and Russia, Zaur Smirnov, Chairman of the State Committee of the occupation authorities in Crimea, told during a meeting with the so-called Head of the Republic Sergei Aksyonov as cited by the website of the Department.
- On April 7, the Committee joined as a party to a lawsuit seeking a ban on the Mejlis as an extremist organization. We fully support the prosecution and get all materials ready. I believe the Mejlis has lost the right to be called Crimean Tatar, said Smirnov.
According to him, the Crimean blockade, "the organization of illegal armed groups and extremist structures, which takes place in Ukraine with the direct participation of the Mejlis," has deprived the organization of the right to be called a body representing the Crimean Tatar people.
- I am sure such an organization should be banned in Crimea and the Russian Federation, we will defend it in court, said the "Chairman."
On March, 17 the Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea held a hearing of the claim filed by the Prosecutor's Office seeking to recognize the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People as an extremist organization and ban its activities in the Russian Federation. The hearing was adjourned till April 7.