The Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz is sure the arguments in his case and arrest are flimsy, and he is being held as a hostage since he is a Crimean Tatar representative, he said in a speech at Simferopol Court, which considered his appeal, as cited by the Mejlis press service.
- A vested interest is plain to see, and the Prosecutor's Office is putting all possible pressure on the judges. Hope for prudence is useless. The arguments the Prosecutor's Office makes are so fictitious that they make credit neither to the judicial system nor to the law enforcement bodies of the Russian Federation. They say I can leave the territory of Crimea as I have the citizenship of Ukraine, but my foreign and civil passports are at the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor's Office knows about it, said Chiygoz.
According to Chiygoz, the Prosecution does not believe he will return to Crimea if he leaves for mainland Ukraine, although his family and friends are in Crimea.
- Yes, I am a citizen of Ukraine, and I do not consider it a crime. I believe that some leaders of the Prosecutor's Office who worked for the state of Ukraine have violated the oath, and today they are seeking revenge on me for my fundamental beliefs, said the Mejlis Deputy Chairman.
He went on saying he doesn’t intend to go into hiding, and is ready to answer any questions of the Prosecutor's Office and Court.
- I think I am held hostage for my political beliefs. By means of my arrest they are trying to intimidate all people. The Prosecutor's office and the authorities are trying to lay upon me all the problems they feel in Crimea. The Prosecutors voiced it more than once. All judges are hostages, there can be no talk about justice at all, said Chiygoz.
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. The Court rejected the appeal by the Chiygoz’s defense against the court's decision January 25, and ruled to extend his detention until March, 8.