SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Whereabouts of the Crimean Tatars arrested on February 21 remain unknown. Their relatives neither can contact them by phone, nor visit at the place of serving arrest, according to the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov.

“The concerned relatives and friends of the 11 detainees started to call me. As of now, there is no clear information on the fate of the 11 Crimean Tatar prisoners. They do not respond, their location is not reported upon arrival at the place of serving the arrest,” he wrote.

The lawyer added that thus Russian legislation applicable in the occupied Crimea is violated.

Previously, in the morning of February 21 it became known about another illegal search in the Crimea. At 7:30 armed men burst into the home of Crimean Tatar Marlen Mustafayev in Kamenka, Simferopol.

After some time, the activists reported on social networks about the detention of 10 or 20 people, according to different sourses, who came to support the Mustafayev family. The detainees were accused of participating in an unauthorized rally under Article 20.2, Part. 1, of the RF Code of Administrative Offences.

After the trial, which took place on the same day, Marlen Mustafayev was arrested for 11 days under the court decision, and the rest of the ten detainees were sentenced for five days of the administrative arrest.

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