Russian court issues arrest warrant in absentia for Chubarov

Refat Chubarov, Mejlis Chairman and Ukrainian MP, referred to a verdict handed down by Simferopol’s Kiev District Court as ‘another message from occupation freaks’.

28 October 2015 15:00

On his Facebook page, Refat Chubarov posted a message saying that under a verdict handed down by Simferopol’s Kiev District Court on October 6, 2015, he, as a person ‘charged with committing a crime defined in Section 2 of Article 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public incitement to actions aimed at breaching territorial integrity of the Russian Federation) was sentenced to a 2-month home arrest, a sentence he is to start serving upon his extradition to the Russian Federation or detention in the Russian Federation’.

The reason for a verdict like that was a request submitted to the court by the Investigation Department of the FSS (Federal Security Service) of Russia in Crimea and Sevastopol.

“This way the Russian Federation, which has occupied Crimea, qualifies what I am doing,  i.e. trying to use all legal means and actions available to me to free Crimea, as something criminal. I believe Ukrainian law enforcement agencies should initiate criminal cases against the individuals (the FSS officer investigating my case, the judge and the prosecutors) who committed a crime against a citizen of Ukraine, i.e. myself”, wrote Chubarov.

“Needless to say that I was neither notified about the date and place of the trial nor about the charges advanced against me, much less let known about investigation materials.

It goes without saying that nobody asked me for my consent when a defense attorney was being appointed for me.  I am aware, though, that under the Russian laws a defense attorney has virtually no choice in the matter and, therefore, I cannot hold him legally responsible.

The documents I received from the occupation authorities will be used as evidence of the lawlessness committed by the Russian Federation in temporarily occupied Crimea against Ukrainian citizens and myself personally. They will be forwarded to the European Court of Human Rights I previously filed a lawsuit against the Russian Federation with,” Chubarov wrote.