Polozov flys to Kyiv to seek for witness in Chiygoz case

There are 84 "victims" and 78 witnesses for the prosecution in the case of Ahtem Chiygoz.

8 October 2016 18:06

Nikolai Polozov, lawyer of the Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Ahtem Chiygoz, said on air of Hromadske radio that he is going to leave for Kyiv to look for a "victim" in the case of his client.

"Many of them say outright lie. Chiygoz insists that all of them should be questioned in a court, in order to identify all the circumstances they speak about, as well as their lie. Moreover, the prosecutor, when determining order of evidence examination, said that all the victims and witnesses would be questioned," said the lawyer.

Polozov recalled that on Thursday, during the trial, it turned out that one of the victims left Crimea for the permanent residence in Kyiv, according to his statement.

The prosecutor asked to read out the testimony of the fugitive victim. However, Polozov's defendant Ahtem Chiygoz insisted that the victim was due to appear in court personally.

"A court in Kyiv has instructed me to make the effort to search for the victim and, if possible, to convince him to appear in court," said Nikolai Polozov, expressing confidence that it won't be difficult to find him in Kyiv.

The so-called "court" in the annexed Crimea ruled to extend the detention of the Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Ahtem Chiygoz until January 8, 2017.

The occupation authorities in Crimea initiated criminal cases against several Crimean Tatars for their participation in a rally outside the Crimean parliament on February 26, 2014. Ahtem Chiygoz was accused of organizing mass riots.