May, 27 the Kremlin-controlled judges of the Crimean "Supreme Court" rejected an appeal against the decision to extend the detention term of the Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Ahtem Chiygoz, Kurultai CEC Head Zair Smedlyaev reported on Facebook.
- As is standard, the appeal has been dismissed. Ahtem Chiygoz urged our compatriots to refrain from entertainment events until Erwin Ibragimov, kidnapped by the security forces, is set free, wrote Smedlyaev.
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.