Bekirov’s case: “Court” in Crimea upheld appeal of lawyers of the political prisoner for the first time
The “Supreme Court” of the Russian-occupied Crimea upheld the complaint of the Kremlin’s prisoner Crimean Tatat Edem Bekirov and ruled to refer his criminal case to the “Central District Court” of the city of Simferopol.
Thus, the protection of the Crimean Tatar made sure that Bekirov, who is seriously ill, was not transferred to Krasnoperekopsk, where his case was to be examined by the local “court,” activist Elmaz Kyrymly reports.
Bekirov said that he would not survive if he was transferred to Krasnoperekopsk and was ready to go on a hunger strike and refuse to take all his medicine.
According to Crimean Solidarity, Bekirov’s lawyers, Islyam Velilyaev and Aleksey Ladin, expressed their position in the debate that the case should be examined by the “court” in whose territory, according to the investigation, the crime was allegedly completed by the defendant.
The defense insisted that further actions by other persons (in this case we are talking about the alleged transfer of ammunition by another person on behalf of Bekirov from Simferopol to Krasnoperekopsk) do not matter for establishing the jurisdiction of the case.
Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov is accused of committing a crime under two articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: article 222 of part 2 (“illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of firearms, their main parts, ammunition, organized by a group of persons by prior conspiracy”) and article 222.1 of Part 2 (“illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of explosives or explosive devices organized by a group of persons by prior conspiracy”).
On August 16, the “Supreme Court” of the annexed Crimea, due to the deteriorating health of political prisoner Edem Bekirov, postponed consideration of the application for transferring the Bekirov’s case to the “Krasnoperekopsky District Court” of Crimea from the “Central District Court” of Simferopol.
On August 8, the “Supreme Court” of Crimea extended Bekirov’s arrest until October 11, 2019.
“Then the final formula will be modelled [for exchange of prisoners – Ed.]. However, as long as the verification of the majority of the exchange participants has not been carried out, it can be assumed that will be possible to exchange a little more than 200 people in total,” the message says.