The network released an audio recording of Ahtem Chiygoz’s speech at the courtroom of Simferopol Supreme Court, which considered his appeal. The Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz says the arguments in his case and arrest are flimsy, and he is being held hostage since he is a Crimean Tatar.
- The Prosecutor's Office is accusing, trying and holding me hostage because I am a Crimean Tatar. Yes, I am a citizen of Ukraine. I do not think it's a crime. I believe some leaders of the Prosecutor's Office who were working for Ukrainian government have violated an oath, and today they are seeking revenge on me for my fundamental beliefs.
Ahtem Chiygoz made it clear he has never tried to hide from anyone and is not going to do it:
- I live in Crimea - it is my homeland. I was not going to hide anywhere and still I am not. I think I am held hostage for my political beliefs. They are trying to intimidate all the people by means of my arrest. The Prosecutor's Office and the authorities are trying to lay upon me all the problems they feel in Crimea. The Prosecutors voiced it not once during the hearings.
February 4, Crimean Supreme Court considered an appeal against the extension of the detention period for the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz.
As the CEC Head of the Kurultai Zair Smedlyaev told the QHA, the Court rejected an appeal of the Chiygoz’s defense against the Court's decision January 25, and ruled to extend his detention until 8 March.