KYIV (QHA) -

At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars (WCCT) currently held in Kyiv, a seat is still allocated to Ervin Ibragimov, a member of the WCCT Coordination Council kidnapped in the occupied Crimea, a QHA correspondent reports.

A plate with his name is placed on the table. 

One of the key issues that will be raised at the meeting of the WCCT Executive Committee in Kyiv is the kidnapping and detention of members of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and other Crimean Tatars.

It was reported earlier that a 30-year-old Ervin Ibragimov, a member of the Coordination Council of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, was kidnapped in Bakhchysarai at around 11 p.m. on May 24, 2016.

Later, a video was put on the Internet captured by a surveillance camera of one of the stores owned by a Crimean Tatar businessman in Bakhchysarai. The video record shows how a few unidentified persons, presumably in the uniform of the Russian traffic police, were forcibly putting Ervin Ibragimov in a minibus. 

The video, published online June 3, shows a car with persons unknown wearing traffic police uniform driven out from the water storage a few minutes before the appearance of Ervin Ibragimov's vehicle. Then they stopped his car, searched it and taken him to a Ford Transit van of white color. The young man tried to escape, but two persons forced him into a car and driven away in an unknown direction.

Lilya Aliyeva, mother of the abducted member of the Bakhchyisarai regional Mejlis and the Coordination Council of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Ervin Ibragimov, has written a letter to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, asking him to make further efforts to find and release her son Ervin and other kidnapped Crimean Tatars.

The so-called “Main Investigation Department of the Russian Investigative Committee in the Republic of Crimea” has opened a criminal case under cl. “a, b,” Section 2, Art. 126 of the RF Criminal Code (kidnapping), but nothing is known about the whereabouts of Ervin Ibragimov up to now. 

It was reported earlier that the 6th meeting of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars, held on November 4-5, has started its work in Kyiv.

Reference. The World Congress of the Crimean Tatars is the body, bringing together the Crimean Tatars living in their historic homeland, in Crimea, and in the Diasporas (Turkey, Romania, Poland, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Western Europe and Central Asia).

The first session of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars attended by 420 delegates from 13 countries was held in Simferopol/Aqmescite on May 9, 2009. Refat Chubarov was then elected Chairman of the meeting. 

The second meeting, which was attended by 180 members of the Crimean Tatar public organizations from 12 countries, as well as authorized representatives of government circles, public organizations and the media, was held in Ankara on August 1-2, 2015. The meeting then adopted the decision to establish the international public organization the "World Congress of the Crimean Tatars" in order to achieve international support for the national self-government bodies of the Crimean Tatar people. The meeting re-elected Refat Chubarov as the Chairman of the WCCT as well as the members of the Executive Committee of the Congress, which included 21 representatives and members of the Audit Commission.

Three meetings of the Executive Committee were held in Romania and Ukraine (in Kyiv and in the village of Chongar, Kherson region), the fourth session was held in Vilnius (Lithuania) on April 11-13, 2016, and the fifth meeting of the WCCT Executive Committee took place in the Turkish city of Eskisehir on July 29 - 31, 2016.

 

QHA