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The Kremlin-controlled court of the occupied Crimea held a meeting on the so-called "February 26" case, the public association Crimean Solidarity reported on Facebook.

The defence of the accused Crimean Tatars noted that on February 26, 2014, Russian laws had not yet acted on the territory of the Crimea, currently occupied by Russia.

"The prosecutor claims that the defendants committed a crime and were sure that they would be able to avoid punishment," reads the message.

Lawyer Edem Sememlyaev stressed that at the meeting today the final statement of defence of Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi were delivered, and this "trial" could be the penultimate before the announcement of the verdict.

The next meeting is to take place on May 14 at 10:30 in the morning, at which Asanov and Degermendzhi will make their final statements.

Earlier, the Kremlin-controlled "Supreme court" left the Crimean Tatar activists Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi under house arrest until May 20, 2018.

Reference: Mustafa Degermendzi and Ali Asanov are tried for participation in the rally on February 26, 2014 outside the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and rendering resistance to the Russian occupation army.

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