The Trial of Riza Shevkiyev—head of charitable organization Crimea Fund—was postponed for technical reasons.
This comes as Shevkiyev, who was fined 350,000 rubles and his Fund fined 4.5 mln rubles, had required that the trial to be conducted in Crimean Tatar—language which were declared official language in Crimea.
“The judge asked us to conduct the trial in Russian, as all of us understand it, still we insisted that we want to enjoy our right to conduct the trial in Crimean Tatar”- Shevkiyev said, adding that the judge respected their decision.
For that reason, the court has granted Shevkiyev’s petition to postpone the trial. It may take place next week.
According to Shevkiyev’s lawyer Dzhemil Temishev, the trial, conducted in Crimean Tatar language, will be a precedent.
“It may become a precedent, still it is not our aim. We want a just, impartial investigation and just decision of the court”- Temishev emphasized.
To recall, the trial had to take place Dec 16, still it was postponed till Dec 23, over Shevkiyev’s appeal to conduct the trial in Crimean Tatar language.
Nov 18, Crimean charitable organization “Crimea Fund”, where the central office of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people was located, was fined 4,5 mln rubles. The chairman of the fund Riza Shevkiyev was imposed 350,000 rubles fine.
Riza Shevkiev said he would appeal to European Court of Human Rights to challenge this decision.