SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

The Kremlin-controlled court in the occupied Crimea passed the verdict to the defendants of the so-called "case of February 26", the public association Crimean Solidarity reported on Facebook.

Only close relatives were allowed in the courtroom. The so-called judge read the prosecution's arguments, which noted that the Crimean Tatars allegedly behaved aggressively and attacked people. The "court" rejected all the arguments of the defense about the non-participation of the suspects in the riots.

Thus, the court controlled by the Kremlin sentenced Eskender Emirvaliev to 3 years and 6 months probation, Arsen Yunusov and Eskender Kantemirov to 4 years probation, and Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi were sentenced to 4 years and 6 months probation. All suspects were given a trial period of 3 years.

QHA reported that on June 4, the first announcement of the verdict was expected to the persons involved in the "February 26 case", but the occupiers postponed the trial, explaining this by the fact that the "judge" did not have time to prepare the verdict. The second time the "court" postponed the sentencing on June 13. For the third time, the "court" postponed the sentencing yesterday, on June 18.

Earlier, at the hearing on May 4, the last word of the defense of Ali Asanov and Mustafa Dedermendzhi was delivered.
On May 14, the defendants of the "February 26" case made the last statement in the "court" of Simferopol.

Reference: Mustafa Dedermendzhi and Ali Asanov were tried for participation in the rally on February 26, 2014 outside the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and rendering resistance to the Russian occupation forces.

QHA