ARC Prosecutor’s Office solved abduction of Crimean Tatar activist Reshat Ametov. Suspects put on international wanted list
Crimean Tatar activist Reshat Ametov was abducted and killed by three members of the so-called “self-defense of Crimea.”
This follows from a statement by the prosecutor’s office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which solved a crime against Ametov.
The report notes that the department provides procedural guidance in criminal proceedings on the fact of the abduction and intentional murder of the Crimean Tatar activist Reshat Ametov (paragraph 3 of part 2 of article 115, part 3 of article 146, part 2 of article 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
During the pre-trial investigation, it was established that at the beginning of March 2014, Reshat Ametov, demonstrating his pro-Ukrainian position and not recognizing the occupation of the peninsula, went on a one-person picket outside the building of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in the city of Simferopol.
It was from there that he was abducted by three armed representatives of “self-defense” and taken to the headquarters of an illegal armed group. Two weeks later, the body of the murdered and tortured Ametov was found in the Bilohirsky district of Crimea.
The investigation also established that the abduction was committed by two members of the illegal armed group “Crimean Self-Defense” under the leadership of a former serviceman of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, who also participated in hostilities in eastern Ukraine and committed a similar crime in April 2014.
According to the results of the investigation, the ARC Prosecutor’s Office, together with the investigation department of the Main Directorate of the National Police in Crimea and Sevastopol, informed the three indicated persons of suspicion of committing crimes under part 2 of article 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (participation in activities of the armed formation not provided for by law) and part 3 of article 146 of the Criminal Code Ukraine (illegal imprisonment of a person, by prior conspiracy by a group of persons, entailing grave consequences).
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine published a photo of suspects put on the international wanted list.
QHA media reported, that in April 2014, Ametov’s detention was filmed.
The funeral of the murdered took place on March 18 at the Abdal cemetery of Simferopol. About two thousand people came to honour Reshat’s memory. People came from different places of the Crimea to support the wife of the deceased, Zarina Ametova.
The cause of death of Reshat Ametov, as was established later, was a knife wound in the eye area. A year after his death, the Russian authorities in Crimea informed the relatives of the deceased that the investigation was suspended due to the inability to establish the perpetrators of the crime.
The self-proclaimed “head” of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, in this regard, stated that representatives of “self-defense” were not involved in the abduction and murder of the Crimean Tatar.
On November 18, 2015, Reshat Ametov was posthumously awarded the People’s Hero of Ukraine Order.