STRASBOURG (QHA) -

Rapporteur of the PACE Monitoring Committee for Ukraine Axel Fischer called on the Russian Federation to release Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, who was sentenced to two years of restriction of freedom in the settlement colony by the Simferopol district court controlled by the Kremlin.

Fischer posted the corresponding statement on his Facebook page.

“It is unacceptable that the Russian authorities prosecute and detain Ukrainian citizens for their opposition to the illegal annexation of Crimea. I therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release by the Russian authorities of Mr. Umerov," Fischer writes.

Earlier, QHA reported that on September 27, the Kremlin-controlled Simferopol district court passed a verdict in the case of Ilmi Umerov and chose a preventive measure in the form of two years in an open prison.

A member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Gayana Yuksel designated the "court’s" verdict to Ilmi Umerov as vile and suggested that the invaders would send the Deputy Head of the Mejlis to a settlement colony in a remote region of the Russian Federation.

Lawyer Nikolai Polozov noted that, given the state of Ilmi Umerov’s health, the sentence of two years in a settlement colony is equival to a death sentence. He also said that the Russian authorities might take Ilmi Umerov to the territory of the Russian Federation to serve his sentence preventing the access to his relatives and lawyers.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers the verdict of Russian "judges" in the Crimea against Ilmi Umerov criminal and illegal, and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the verdict in the case of Ilmi Umerov is shameful.
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov is sure that the decision of the "court" in the occupied Crimea regarding the Deputy Chair of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov is an attempt to force the Crimean Tatars to leave the Crimea.

Earlier, the Russian prosecutor requested a punishment for Ilmi Umerov in the form of 3 years and 6 months of suspended sentence, probation for 3 years and a ban for three years to engage in public and teaching activities.

QHA