(QHA) -

Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev called the seizure of Crimea Fund building, where Mejlis central office is located, “a robbery raid”.

“This was a raid. They [officers of justice,-ed.] are making absurd claims, about some decision they made, some court, which we know nothing about. Now it was found out that the judge of the court is absent on leave… It is a frank robbery raid”- Jemilev said in his interview to QHA.

According to Jemilev, Crimean Tatars in Crimea are very frightened, so they cannot influence on the situation.

“I wish people react on the situation, still they [people] are so frightened, they cannot even come along the Mejlis building, when is it being raided. They [officers of Russian Federal Security Service,FSB,- ed.] make photos, may conduct searches or fine them”- Crimean Tatar leader noted.

To recall, the building of charitable Crimea Fund, where Mejlis central office is located, was raided by FSB and police officers September 16.

According to a court writ read out on Sept 17 to the head of the Crimea Fund and member of the Mejlis, Riza Shevkiyev, the building had to be ‘evacuated’ within 24 hours.  If it was not, all property would be seized and nobody would be allowed to enter.

The official grounds cited for the move were a writ issued by the Central District Court of Simferopol on Sept 15 (case № 2-1688/14).

This document prohibits the charity from carrying out any of its powers as owner of the Mejlis headquarters and six other addresses, including its right to lease or sell the properties.  If the Fund fails to comply with this court order, it could face criminal prosecution.

QHA