OTTAWA (QHA) -

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada called on Russia to release Akhtem Chiygoz, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people who was sentenced to eight years in prison, as well as the other political detainees unlawfully imprisoned by the Russian Federation, according to the message by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada on Twitter.

“Canada calls for the release of the Tatar leader Chiygoz and other political prisoners that Russia holds from Crimea, following 8 years.” the report said.

Previously QHA reported that the so-called Supreme Court of the Crimea today, September 11, fully supported the charge against Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz, for whom the prosecutor's office requested 8 years of imprisonment.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the case against Akhtem Chiygoz "the next sentence of Russia, which the UN recognized as an occupier".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed a strong protest, and the Speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mariana Betsa noted that "the struggle for Chiygoz" will continue.

The Monitoring Group for the Rights of National Minorities noted that the verdict of Chiygoz was an indicative and at the same time a vivid illustration of the legal nihilism and cynicism of the occupation authorities.

After 150 meetings, on August 1, the occupying judges completed the investigation into the case of Akhtem Chiygoz.

On August 9, in his last speech in the "court", Akhtem Chyigoz stated that he would accept the verdict for the entire Crimean Tatar people.
The Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz, was detained in January 2015 for participating in a rally in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine in front of the building of the Verkhovna Rada of the Crimea on February 26, 2014. At that time, the protesters were opposed by pro-Russian activists, including the "Russian Unity" party. The Russian authorities of the annexed Crimea accuse Chiygoz of organizing riots.

QHA