SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

The hearing on the extension of the detention term of Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatars, accused by the Crimean "authorities" of organizing mass riots during a rally February 26, 2014 outside the Crimean Supreme Court, started Thursday 19 May at 2.00 p.m. The CEC Head of Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar People, Zair Smedlyaev admits the Russian court may extend the detention term of Ahtem Chiygoz for two months.

- The hearing goes on ... I don’t rule out the judges can extend the detention term until August. In any case, they will extend the detention period, Zair Smedlyaev told a QHA correspondent.

So far, the court session continues.

Six persons are charged with involvement in mass riots during a rally that took place outside the Crimean Parliament on February 26, 2014. Three of them, Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermenzhi and Ali Asanov, are being held in Simferopol’s pre-trial detention center 1, while the other three, Eskender Kantemirov, Talyat Yunusov and Eskender Emirvaliyev, have been released on bail and are awaiting trial.

On March 29, the defendants were not brought to Crimea’s Supreme Court for two hearings which were to be held by videoconference.

After the judges overruled the defense’s motion to bring Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi to the courtroom, the defense filed another one seeking to reschedule the hearing because the defense was not duly notified.

As a result, the hearing of an appeal filed against Judge Galina Redko’s out of court decision of March 03, 2016, whereby detention term of Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov was illegally extended, was rescheduled for April 6.

A hearing of an appeal filed against a decision of March 11, 2016, whereby detention term of Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov was illegally extended, was rescheduled for April 7.

According to Nikolay Polozov, Ahtem Chiygoz’s lawyer, the judges keep rescheduling hearings in the hope of public interest in the trial waning by summer lull.

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