SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

A rigged trial of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ahtem Chiygoz had a new twist after the testimony given by the spouse of Korneva, a woman who died during a rally on February 26, a lawyer Nikolai Polozov said after the trial.

The spouse of a citizen Korneva, a woman who died during a rally on February 26, said he does not blame Ahtem Chiygoz for her death.

Today, during the trial of Ahtem Chiygoz case three men have been questioned. The second witness said he doesn’t think Chiygoz is guilty, but rather blames their friend. The man allowed his wife to go for a walk with this friend. Moreover, he does not believe that she suffered in a squeezing, and pointed out that her clothes were absolutely clear when he was shown her at the sixth city hospital, said Polozov.

While giving testimony Leontiev expressed an opinion that the woman died as a result of premeditated murder.

Yesterday, September, 21 in Simferopol, the court held a regular hearing in the case of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ahtem Chiygoz, who is charged with organizing an unsanctioned rally outside the Supreme Council of Crimea February, 26 2014.

September 13, the Court of Appeals considered the appeal against the division of the "February 26 case". The Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz, as well as Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov, accused of the riots outside the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea on February 26, 2014, did not attend the hearing personally. Yet again they give their evidence via video communications. The judges refused to grant the prosecutor's and the lawyers’ appeals. The "February 26 case" will be considered separately onward.

As QHA reported earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz cannot 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 Nikolai 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 Crimean Tatar Mejlis 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.

QHA