SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

The head of the Central Election Commission of the Crimean Tatar Qurultai Zair Smedlyaev announced on his Facebook page the extension of the imprisonment term for Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov until January 7, 2017.

“Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov had their detention extended until January 7, 2017! We have not been allowed in the courtroom as they decided that the preliminary hearing should be held in closed session,” Zair Smedlyaev wrote.

According to Elmira Baranova-Gazieva’s Facebook post, even their relatives were not allowed to enter the court considering the extension of the preventive measures for Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov. 

“Today at the Central Court in Simferopol, the closed session to extend the preventive measures for Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov is being held. Even close relatives have not been allowed in the courtroom ... Mavile, Mustafa’s sister, has not seen him for more than six months,” she wrote.

Six persons are charged with involvement in mass riots during a rally held outside the Crimean Supreme Council on February 26, 2014. Three of them, Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermenzhi and Ali Asanov, are being held in Simferopol’s pre-trial detention center No.1, while the other three, Eskender Kantemirov, Arsen Yunusov and Eskender Emirvaliyev, have been released on bail and are awaiting trial.

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