WCCT releases statement regarding its member's disappearance

Erwin Ibrahimov, Board Member of the Coordination Council of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, has gone missing in Russian-occupied Crimea.

25 May 2016 17:32

Due to the disappearance of its member Erwin Ibrahimov, the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars released a statement stressing that the blame for his disappearance is to be placed with Russia:

"In addition to ongoing occupation of Crimea, the Russian Federation has committed another crime against humanity. Erwin Ibragimov, 30, Board Member of the Coordination Council of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, was kidnapped by unknown persons at 11 pm on May 24. Erwin Ibrahimov has not been heard from since yesterday. This is not the first abduction of a person in Crimea, where incidents like this are still ongoing.

 It is obvious that barbaric and cruel crimes against the Crimean Tatars will continue and it is the Russian Federation that should be held responsible for them. Russia must be tried at an international court for all its crimes and punished.

 Nations of the world should immediately take all steps necessary to put a stop to this flagrant lawlessness".

On the morning of May 25, Ibragimov, who was going to go to the town of Sudak for a court hearing, did not show up for a meeting with his friends. Ibragimov's car was found near the entrance of his house.

Just a reminder: Eight Muslims, charged with membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, have been held in Simferopol ‘s pre-trial detention center since 2014.

On February 11, 2016, police raided homes of Crimean Tatars, detaining 12 of them.

Police conducted a three-hour search of Qurultai Delegate Remzi Muratovat’ house in the village of Dmitrovka of Crimea’s Dzhankoi district.

Policemen searched a house of Qurultai Delegate Shevket Usmanov in the village of Vesyoloye of Crimea’s Sudak district. On that day, Usmanov was in Kiev and the only ones at home were his sons and wife Ilmira.

On May 6, police stormed a mosque in the village of Molodyozhnoye, detaining about a hundred worshippers performing the Juma prayer. On the way to the police station, policemen released all of the detained Muslims, instructing them to report to the police station later on.

According to Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of the Crimean Tatars and Advisor to Ukrainian President for Crimean Tatar Affairs, by resorting to threats and violence, the Russian authorities are trying to get Muslims in Russian-occupied Crimea to cooperate.