SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

A person can be locked, or even killed, but one cannot make person stop thinking, Crimean Tatar activist Suleiman Kadyrov said delivering his final statement today in the so-called "Supreme Court "of the Crimea.

“You can lock a person, you can even kill a person. But how can you lock the thoughts? How to kill faith? How to make the rest not think then? How to deprive the humanity of all? Unless steal their soul, heart, mind. And this is definitely beyond your power," Kadyrov said.

The Crimean Tatar activist stated that he does not consider himself guilty and does not see any crime in his actions.

He noted that he does not regret anything and does not ask for forgiveness.

"I do not regret anything, I do not apologize to anyone, and the only one thing I would ask the court is an acquittal," he said.

Lawyer Aleksey Ladin, in turn, said that his client's guilt had not been proven.

He pointed out that there were no appeals to separatism in Kadyrov's words, which he is accused for, as evidenced by the results of the expert examinations, including the FSB's expertise. In this regard, the lawyer asked the "court" to overturn the sentence by the "Feodosia City Court" and pass an acquittal.

Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov also supported his colleague, and called the case politically motivated.

Meanwhile, Judge Elena Mikhalkova, after deliberating, decided to uphold the verdict of the "Feodosia City Court". The "court" thus did not take into account the arguments of the defence of the Crimean Tatar.

Previously, the "court" in the Crimea sentenced Suleiman Kadyrov to 2 years’ suspended imprisonment and banned to conduct social activities for 2 years, including social networks.

Reference:  Kadyrov was accused of violating part 2 of Article 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation - "Public calls for the implementation of actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation." Most defendants under Article 280.1 are charged with part two: they are tried for posts or reposts in social networks. Kadyrov was no exception.

According to the prosecution, in March 2016 Kadyrov reposted a video of a user Demyan Demyanchenko, who introduced himself as a Crimean Tatar from Simferopol and announced the creation of a battalion "Crimea" to liberate uncontrolled parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.

A few months later, Kadyrov's comment appeared under the repost with the words: "I support, Crimea was, is and will be Ukraine". The charge is based on the "expertise" conducted by the FSB, who argue that Kadyrov's comment calls for a violation of Russia's territorial integrity.

On October 5, 2016, a search was conducted in the house of Kadyrov. Later, a criminal case was initiated against him on charges of "separatism."

QHA