SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umer jointly with the Mejlis members and activists of the National Movement visited parents of Mejlis Deputy Chairman Ahtem Chiygoz, who is currently held in the detention center in the city of Simferopol. They congratulated them on the holiday of Eid al-Adha, Ilmi Umerov’d daughter Ayshe reported on Facebook.

No one has the right to forget the political prisoners’ families, their children and parents, who for years and months have been deprived of the opportunity to see their relatives. Each of us must show them that they are not alone in their struggle! said Umerov.

September 8 the Court tried the case of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the city of Simferopol. Chiygoz is charged with organizing an unsanctioned rally outside the building of the Crimean Supreme Council February, 26 2014.

As QHA reported earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz is not present at the hearings in 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 Nicolai Polozov, the government thereby wants to test the use of new law provisions. For example, the ability to disable the broadcast if the defendant begins delivering 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 Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People 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 1of 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.

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