Speaking at an April 26 hearing, Nariman Jelyal, Mejlis First Deputy Chairman, said that international organizations, such as the UN, the OSCE, the Turkish governments, the United States, the European Union, expressed their support for the Mejlis.
“Using Poklonskaya’s flawed logic, the Turk Ojag motion seeking to disallow prohibition of the Mejlis is a proof that the Mejlis is an extremist organization! Using the same flawed logic, one can also call the UN, the PACE, the Council of Europe and other international organizations and heads of states, seeking to preserve a traditional institution of the Crimean Tatar's self-organization, extremist organizations!” Zair Smedlyaev, Head of the Qurultai of the Crimean Tatar people, wrote on his Facebook page commenting on the controversial evidence supplied by Poklonskaya.
Speaking after Nariman Jelyal, Mejlis’s lawyer Jemil Temishev said that the decision to ban the Mejlis is aimed not only against the Crimean Tatars, but also against Russia.
“The Mejlis is a representative body of Crimean Tatars, a people who want to live in their homeland and have their rights here restored. By adopting resolutions and holding demonstrations, we have been trying to make our rights, the status of the Crimean Tatar language and our claim to this land be respected. All of these efforts have been aimed at preservation and development of our people,” said Emine Avamileva, Head of the Mejlis’s Department for Education in the Crimean Tatar language.
A representative of the Justice Ministry fully supports the plaintiff's claim and requests that the Mejlis be banned, Argumenty Nedeli media outlet reports.
In her accusatory speech delivered on April 26, Natalia Poklonskaya, the so-called ‘Crimea’s Prosecutor General’, accused the Mejlis of being ‘an extremist organization cooperating with the West’.
As a proof of the Mejlis’s extremist activities, the Russian court admitted into evidence ‘Protest in the Woods’ article published in 1988.
According to Mejlis Chairman Refat Chubarov, international organizations, including the United Nations, will respond to the banning of the Mejlis in Russian-ocupied Crimea by taking relevant action.