The well-known Russian and Soviet dissident and human rights defender Aleksander Podrabinek, who is also a friend of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, became another defender in Umerov’s case, the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov reported.
“At once we filed a motion to allow defender Aleksander Podrabinek along with a lawyer. The judge granted our application”.
Now Emil Kurbedinov, Aleksander Podrabinek, Mark Feigin and Edem Semedlyaev are Ilmi Umerov’s defenders. According to Kurbedinov, the leading lawyer is still Mark Feigin.
Podrabinek himself thinks the Russian judicial system tends toward the Soviet past.
“The current trial shows that the tradition of Soviet criminal law and the tradition of political repression are being revived. It is clear from the charge. Ilmi Umerov is on trial for the opinion expressed. It is clear that the trial process is deficient”.
Earlier, On June 7 in the Kremlin-controlled Simferopol District Court considering the merits of Ilmi Umerov’s case began. The prosecutor read out the charge. Defence filed a number of motions and the witnesses of prosecution were questioned. At about 5 p.m. the court session was over due to the absence of two prosecution witnesses.
Earlier QHA reported that at a preliminary meeting on May 31, the "court" refused the lawyer application to include the famous Russian dissident Aleksander Podrabinek into defence.