SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) -

16.40 p.m. - The complaint of the defence on confinement of Ilmi Umerov in a psychiatric clinic will be considered on September 13.

15.36 p.m. - Interrogation of Matveev has been completed. The third victim is Dmitry Cherevko, the representative of the Cossacks.

14.04 p.m. - The lawyer Nikolai Polozov reported that the court in the case of Ahtem Chiygoz has been resumed. The next victim Matvey Matveev is now being interrogated. He serves in "militia" and came to the court in camouflage uniforms. Communication is interrupted in the court and Ahtem Chiygoz presents a motion to ensure the quality of communication.

12.12 p.m. – Interrogation of Sinetskiy is completed. The court has been adjourned until 14 p.m.

11.43 a.m. - Sinetskiy states that if people take to the streets with Bandera flags, they are not Slavs and Orthodox.

11.35 a.m. – Break is over. Sinetsky claims that the riots were organized by the "Right Sector” and the door of the Supreme Council were broken down by the pro-Russian participants of the rally.

11.06 a.m. - At the request of Ahtem Chiygoz, the questioning of Sinetskiy have been interrupted. 10 minutes break is announced.

According to Chiygoz’s lawyer Nikolai Polozov, four victims have been brought to the hearing. 

“The judges have again denied the petition seeking to bring Chiygoz to the courtroom. The first victim Sergey Sinetskiy, a former employee of the Department for Combating Organized Crime "Sokil" of the MIA of Ukraine, has already been heard. Sinetskiy is now holds the position of the Deputy Head of the Centre for the protection of high-ranking officials of the Republic of Crimea and is a staff member of the Russian Interior Ministry. We also learned that one of Synetskiy’s friends was in Simferopol on February 26, 2014, then he went to Donbas and fought on the side of the militants, where he was killed,” the lawyer posted on his Twitter account.

The hearing of the case of Ahtem Chiygoz, the Mejlis Deputy Chairman, is being held in Simferopol today.  He is charged with organizing an unsanctioned rally outside the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea on February 26, 2014. 

As QHA reported earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz won’t attend the hearings in his case due to the discriminatory rules on the defendant’s remote participation in the first instance trials. This is the first time Russia has applied such judicial practice. 

According to the lawyer Nicolaii Polozov, the government thereby wants to test the use of new law provisions. For example, the ability to disable the broadcast if the defendant begins delivering speeches the judges do not like (previously Chiygoz had a number of bright performances during the process). 

The Crimean "authorities" decided to consider the case of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ahtem Chiygoz separate from the so-called "February, 26 case." 

Chiygoz has been kept in the Simferopol detention center since the end of January 2015. He is charged with Part 1 Article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code (‘organizing mass disorder’), which is punishable by a 10-year jail term. 

Six persons are charged with involvement in mass riots during a rally held outside the Crimean Supreme Council on February 26, 2014. Three of them, Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermenzhi and Ali Asanov, are being held in Simferopol’s pre-trial detention center No.1, while the other three, Eskender Kantemirov, Arsen Yunusov and Eskender Emirvaliyev, have been released on bail and are awaiting trial.

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