Umerov appealed initiation of criminal case against him

Ilmi Umerov also sent a disclaimer to voluntarily undergo outpatient forensic psychiatric examination to a FSB investigator.

14 July 2016 15:33

Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, accused of "separatist statements" in annexed Crimea, has filed a complaint to the Kremlin-controlled Kiev District Court of Simferopol over its decision to initiate criminal proceedings against him. He also sent to a FSB investigator a disclaimer to voluntarily undergo outpatient forensic psychiatric examination, describing it as an attempt to damage his reputation, as well as discredit and humiliate him, according to his Facebook page.

“I’ll keep you informed of the latest developments.  Local attorneys work closely with Moscow ones. They set for themselves a radical task - to recognize the decision to institute the criminal proceedings unlawful. However, I don’t cherish illusions about their "justice." I still consider the referendum held on March 16, 2014 and its implications illegal. I didn’t encroach on the territorial integrity of Russia (without the Crimea, as it is a territory of another state called Ukraine),” reads the statement.

Just a reminder: May 19, the FSB accused Umerov of separatist statements during his speech at the ATR TV channel: the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis said that "it is necessary to force Russia to withdraw from Crimea and Donbas."

Umerov also was saying about the changes to the Constitution of Ukraine concerning the award of special status to the Crimean Tatar people and designation of the national autonomy status within Ukraine.