Smedlyaev: Umerov may be charged today

The occupation authorities continue to put pressure on the representatives of indigenous people of Crimea.

19 May 2016 13:24

Zair Smedlyaev, Head of the Qurultai Central Election Commission, has posted on his Facebook page the information about the court hearings, which are to take place today in Crimea.

“The FSB called Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov in for questioning at 10 a.m. on May 19, where he would apparently be charged.

At 2 p.m., there will be another trial to extend the arrest of Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars and Chairman of Bakhchisaray regional Mejlis,” he wrote.

Smedlyaev invited the activists and concerned people to come to court.

“Come to the hearings and be with the people, none law forbids us to know the truth firsthand. Participating in the hearing, you will hear and see it for yourself! I know firmly - after the darkness comes dawn - and if Allah sends us these adversities, he will give us strength to overcome them with dignity!” Smedlyaev stressed.

It was reported earlier that the Mejlis Deputy Chairman Ilmi Umerov was issued a warning about the inadmissibility of organizing "mass public events" to the Crimean Tatar Remembrance Day of Deportation (1944), calling it a violation of the laws of the Russian Federation.

Six persons were accused in a criminal case on the riots during the meeting outside the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea on February 26, 2014. Three of them, Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov, are in custody in the detention center-1 in Simferopol, three more - Eskender Kantemirov Arsen Yunusov and Eskender Emirvaliev are awaiting sentence at home, being on bail.

Two hearings on ‘February 26’ case were held at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea on March 29. The defendants were not brought to the courthouse, as videoconference was planned to be held.

The plea for the presence of the defendants Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi in court was rejected. The defense also filed a motion to reschedule the hearing as the participants in the process had not been properly notified.

As a result, the hearing of the appellate court on the appeal against the judge Galina Red'ko’s arbitrarily ruling of March 2, 2016 to extend the detention of Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi was rescheduled for April 6.

Consideration of an appeal to a court ruling of March 11, 2016 which extended the detention period for Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi until April 11, 2016 was appointed on April 7.

Earlier, Ahtem Chiygoz’s lawyer Nikolai Polozov said that the February 26 case has been delaying deliberately for the summer lull, when the public interest in all high-profile cases is reduced.