SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Arrested during the today's raid in Simferopol’s Kamenka district, Timur Osmanov, Hayser Khalilov and Arthur Haltaev are not allowed to see their lawyers, Mejlis First Deputy Chairman Nariman Jelyal wrote on his Facebook page.

The three are now being held in the building housing the FSS’s ‘E’ Center .

“Timur Osmanov, Hayser Khalilov and Arthur Khaltayev are still in the ‘E’ Center. They are not even allowed to see their lawyers, which constitutes flagrant violation of the law. According to the Center’s personnel, they have only taken fingerprints of the three arrested Crimean Tatars,” wrote Nariman Jelyal.

It was reported earlier that police raided the houses of three Crimean Tatars - Timur Osmanov, Heiser Khalilov and Arthur Haltaev on the morning of May 26. Following the raid, Timur Osmanov was arrested and taken to the ‘E’ Center for interrogation. Police are reported to be targeting shopping sites collectively owned by suspected Crimean Tatars.

According to Nariman Jelyal, police explained the May 26 raids by the need ‘to fight illegal immigration’. Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov noted that the raids also took place in the town of Alupka.

There have been no official comments from Crimea’s police yet.

QHA