SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Zeitulla Chiygoz, father of Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz, thanked all those involved in the release of his son, and also expressed the hope that other political prisoners would be released soon.

He made a corresponding statement on the air of one of the Ukrainian TV channels.

“As I heard the news about the release, I broke into a run for the photograph of my deceased wife Alie and said: "Your son was released!" And began to cry very loud. These tears were not bitter. Now I have so much joy, I do not even know how to express it. I appreciate everybody’s help! I ask the Almighty to release the rest of the prisoners," he said.

October 25, Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, previously convicted in the occupied Crimea, were extradited to Turkey.

Chiygoz and Umerov were first brought to Simferopol, and then sent to Russian city of Anapa by plane. The plane with representatives of Mejlis left to Ankara at 13:37 local time.

Later it was informed that they arrived in Turkey.

The Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said that Russia would go for correcting its criminal actions against Ukrainian political prisoners.

He noted that all political prisoners should be released, which would be the first step to correcting the situation.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appreciated the efforts of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in release of Chiyhoz and Umerov.

Reference: The so-called Supreme Court of Crimea on September 11 fully supported the charge against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz, which was requested by the prosecutor's office providing for 8 years of imprisonment.

September 27, the Simferopol district "court" convicted the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov. The occupying court found him guilty of separatism under article 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Public calls for actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation) and sentenced him to 2 years in a colony-settlement and 2 years of a ban on public activities.

QHA