SIMFEROPOL / AKMESDZHIT (QHA) -

14:27 - The Court granted the request to turn on a second monitor for the audience. Earlier, during the "Chiygoz case", the court argued that this monitor did not work.

14:10 – The Appeal hearing on the "February 26 case" was renewed.

12:24 - The court adjourned for lunch until 14:00.

12:22 - Judicial board of Crimean judges considering the appeal on the "February 26 case," refused to be discharged.

12:17 – The ushers roughly prohibited Degermendzhi’s Father to look at his son and to communicate with him via video.

12:15 - Chiygoz challenged the entire court. The motive was the court’s indirect interest in the outcome of judicial proceedings.

11:54 - Ahtem Chiygoz made an application challenging the prosecutor. The judges deliberated, without asking the opinion of the prosecutor.

11:44 – The hearing on appeals against division of the "February 26 case" has started.  The defendants, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz as well as Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov attend the session in a video format. They are accused of involvement in the riots near the building of the Crimean Supreme Council February 26, 2014, according to Twitter of the lawyer Nikolai Polozov.

As QHA reported earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz can not attend the hearings on his case due to the discriminatory rules on the defendant’s remote participation in the first instance trials. This is the first time Russia has applied such judicial practice.

According to the lawyer Nicolai Polozov, the government thereby wants to test the use of new law provisions. For example, the ability to disable the broadcast if the defendant delivers speeches the judges do not like (previously Chiygoz had a number of bright performances during the process).

The Crimean "authorities" decided to consider the case of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ahtem Chiygoz separate from the so-called "February 26 case."

Chiygoz has been kept in the Simferopol detention center since the end of January 2015. He is charged with Part 1 of Article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code (‘organizing mass disorder’), which is punishable by a 10-year jail term.

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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