It is likely, the Crimean "Supreme Court,”which is due to hear the so-called "Mejlis case" on April, 26, will recognize the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People as an extremist organization and ban its activities on the Russian territory, Head of the CEC Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar People, Zair Smedlyaev wrote on Facebook.
- First, they will ban the Mejlis, the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people, and after that they will try to ban the entire Crimean Tatar people! We have already seen it in our history: in 1944 communists, activists, and all others were deported in different cars, but in the same composition, he wrote.
According to Zair Smedlyaev, the course of the hearing shows the court upholds the prosecution, not the laws and objectivity.
- The final part of the trial is to start soon. The strongest security measures have been taken - it’s naturally as there are gods in the courtroom, rulers of the human destiny! Wrote Smedlyaev.
Evening April, 25 the "Supreme Court" of Crimea rescheduled hearing in the "Mejlis case" for April, 26, 9.30 a.m.
The so-called Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya didn’t show up at yesterday's court hearing.
The court also ordered a translator be brought to the hearing on a lawsuit seeking to ban the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars to translate the case’s materials from Ukrainian into Russian. While interpreting the speech of the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Refat Chubarov at a press conference in Kyiv devoted to the Crimean Civil Blockade, a guest interpreter made a few mistakes. The lawyer Temishev asked the "administrative claimant to provide a full translation of the Ukrainian text."
April, 13 the Kremlin-appointed "Crimean Prosecutor" Natalia Poklonskaya reported on her decision to suspend the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People in Crimea pending the court decision. April, 15 the hearing in the "Mejlis case" was adjourned until April, 25. One of the reasons was the absence of the Mejlis Deputy Chairman Nariman Dzhelyal.
April, 18 the Ministry of Justice of Russia put the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People on the list of public and religious organizations banned due to "extremist activity." This step has been condemned by Ukraine, as well as a number of international organizations and human rights defenders.