Today, Dec 14, Ahtem Chiygoz, the Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, has turned 51. Unfortunately, he will celebrate his birthday in a jail cell.

Jan 29, 2015 Ahtem Chiygoz was illegally detained in the framework of the case of "February 26", separated from his family, friends, and the people, and it is almost a year he is behind bars. Despite all the interrogations, searches and arrest, Ahtem aga with his iron endurance shows us an example of dignity and courage.

- Those involved in his arrest will not break his will, but rather strengthen it. We do not lose hope, do not lose heart! We are sure justice will be served soon! The day will come when the real criminals will not be able to escape a fair trial - the Day of Judgment when Almighty Allah will reward and punish every man according to his works, members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People addressed with such words of support to one of their leaders on the FB page.

Zair Smedlyaev, Head of the Kurultai CEC, posted on his Facebook page a small selection of Internet pictures of Ahtem Chiygoz reminding of his activities. According to Smedlyaev, he deliberately has not deleted from the pictures those who yesterday were side by side with Chiygoz and today give false testimony against him.

- Those who only yesterday tried to buddy up, today, in order to get the chair slander him and fulfill the order from the top. But as Ahtem said at one of the court sessions – they can scare one or a few men, but they won’t intimidate the whole nation! Zair Smedlyaev commented the situation and joined the congratulations.

The QHA (Crimean News Agency) heartily congratulates Ahtem Bey with his 51st birthday and hopes the day when he and the entire Crimean Tatar people will be free to come soon.