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Deputy Chairman of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz faces up to 15 years in prison for organizing mass unrest outside the Crimean parliament, reported the Crimea’s Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya.

- If Chiygoz’s guilt is proven he may face up to 15 years in jail, Poklonskaya told the RIA Crimea.

She said she would personally head a team of public prosecutors in the criminal case.

- There's a big list of witnesses and victims. The case is actual, thus I will personally take part in the maintenance of public prosecution of a citizen Chiygoz, said Poklonskaya.

The Prosecutor's Office confirmed the indictment in the criminal case against Ahtem Chiygoz and five persons: Eskender Kantemirov, Eskender Emirvaliev, Mustafa Degermendzhy, Ali Asanov and Arsen Yunusov. The case was sent to court.

Ahtem Chiygoz is accused of committing a crime under Part 1 Sec. 212 of the Criminal Code (organization of mass disorders accompanied with violence and destruction of property), while the rest under Part 1 Sec. 212 of the Criminal Code (participation in mass disorders).

This refers to a rally in support of the Ukraine’s territorial integrity held outside the Crimean parliament Feb 26, 2014. In parallel, at the same time and at the same place the then-head of the "Russian Unity" Sergei Aksenov also held a rally.

QHA