The use of secret witnesses and undisclosed evidence in the case of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Ahtem Chiygoz who has been held in custody for 18 months on trumped-up charges, is a direct violation of the right to a fair trial, according to the report of the organization Amnesty International «Crimea in the darkness: the suppression of dissent," published December 15.
Amnesty International attended the trial on the "Chiygoz case" September 27, 2016, at which, as always, Ahtem Chiygoz was present only via Skype.
“Due to the use of video during the trial Ahtem Chiygoz had no opportunity to consult with his lawyer in private. "They decided to isolate me because of my protests. I would like to be there [in court], because here I can not hear half of the questions," Ahtem Chiygoz told the Amnesty International delegates via video during the break,” the AI delegates reported.
It is noted that the team of Chiygoz lawyers is concerned that the testimony can be completely rigged, but the report says that it is impossible to verify.
Amnesty International urges the immediate release of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis and to dismiss all the charges against him. AI considers Ahtem Chiygoz a prisoner of conscience, detained and judged only for his peaceful political activism and opposition to Russian occupation and annexation of the Crimea.
Note that today, December 15, the International organization Amnesty International published the report "Crimea in the darkness: the suppression of dissent", which refers to the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and the persecution of its leaders, forcible retention in a psychiatric institution and a criminal proceedings against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov, pre-trial detention of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Ahtem Chiygoz for 18 months on trumped-up charges, disappearance of Ervin Ibragimov, the persecution of people and charges of involvement in a "terrorist organization", harassment of lawyers who work with these cases, the prosecution of a journalist Nikolay Semena etc. .
Amnesty International researchers have conducted more than 50 interviews in the Crimea and Kyiv, to make a report. Organization delegates visited the peninsula in late September 2016, in particular, cities of Alushta, Bakhchisarai, Belogorsk, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Yalta and Koreiz.