SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

The trial of the Crimeans accused in "February 26" case Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov began in the occupied Crimea in Simferopol on January 30, human rights organization Crimean Solidarity reports.  

According to the information given by lawyers, despite the fact that the trial was supposed to be held in closed session, people were let into the court building.  

“The trial started. Despite of the fact that closed session was expected, the audience was allowed to enter the court building.  The Court of Appeal has not been started the trial of the figurants in case of “February 26” . Translator is expected. Relatives as well as close friends continue to come to the building of court despite the fact that the trial was to be held in closed session” 

Reportedly, the reason of delay in trail was absence of translator.

The "Supreme Court" of the occupied Crimea rejected the appeal of defence of those involved in the "February 26" case Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov, according to the human rights organization Crimean Solidarity.

"The court upheld the decision of the court of first instance," the statement said.

Lawyers requested the court to expand the possibility of house arrest of their clients so that they could work.

Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov are being prosecuted for participation in the meeting which took place on 26th of February 2014 outside the building of Supreme Council of Crimea in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine as well as resisting Russian occupational army. 

Previously, the Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov stated that provokers with weapons penetrated in the ranks of protesters and they could open fire on people during the meeting on 26th of February near to the building of Supreme Council of Crimea. 

QHA