October 23, a regular meeting was held on the case of February 26, during which the "court" heard new witnesses, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov reported.

The lawyer noted that all witnesses said that the defendants did not commit any pre-planned riots during the rally on February 26, but only defended the integrity of Ukraine without violating the law.

"The fights, the violation of order, nothing of the kind was planned, it was about expressing their opinion," Kurbedinov said.

The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 27 at 14:00.

Earlier, October 18 in Simferopol (occupied Crimea) a court hearing was held on the "February 26 case" against Mustafa Degermendzgi and Ali Asanov. Three witnesses of the rally were summoned to the court, who stated that they were present during the rally but did not see the defendants there.

On October 12, the "Supreme Court" of the occupied Crimea dismissed the appeal against the decision to extend the term of house arrest of the figurants of the "February 26 case" Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov.

Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov are the defendants in the so-called "February 26 case" in the Crimea. They 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.

QHA