SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Alexey Akimov, the Deputy commander of a platoon of the Russian Federation National Guard and another prosecution witness in the case against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz, turned out to be a personal bodyguard of Sergey Aksyonov during the events outside the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, according to Twitter of the lawyer Nikolai Polozov.

“During the events of 2/26/14, the witness Akimov was a personal guard to Aksenov,” wrote the lawyer.

The lawyer Nikolai Polozov suggested that the court will deliver a verdict against Ahtem Chiygoz at the anniversary on February26.

Previously, the so-called Crimean Court made a decision to extend the detention of Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz till January 8, 2017.

Ahtem Chiygoz has been held in custody in the Simferopol detention center since the end of January 2015. He is charged with Part 1 of Article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code ("organizing mass disorder"), punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years.

Six Crimean Tatars were arrested on charge of rioting outside the Supreme Council of Crimea on February 26, 2014. Three of them, Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov are in custody in the detention center-1 in Simferopol, the others, Eskender Kantemirov, Arsen Yunusov and Eskender Emirvaliev are awaiting sentence at home, being taken out on bail.

QHA