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Trial against Crimean Tatar Mejilis Deputy Chairman to be extended
12:46, 28 July 2015
Trial against Crimean Tatar Mejilis Deputy Chairman to be extended

Ahtem Çiygoz, deputy chairman of the Mejlis is threatened by faces 10 years of imprisonment

12:46, 28 July 2015

112 Agency

The trial extension takes place July 28 afternoon, said QHA. As stated by the Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonska, deputy chairman of the Mejlis is threatened by faces 10 years of imprisonment.

Ahtem Çiygoz was detained by the Russian occupying authorities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on 29 January 2015. Ciygoz was placed under arrest on trumped-up charges of “organizing mass disorder” near building of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on 26 February 2014, according to the official representative of Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin.

European Union negatively welcomed this fact: “The arrest of Ahtem Ciygoz represents the most recent act of persecution and intimidation of the Crimean Tatar community following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea”.

Since Ciygoz has been under arrest, about two thousand Crimean Tatars officially appealed to the investigator of the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation with a request to change the measure of restraint.

This decision comes a few time after Mustafa Dzhemilev, s former Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and recognized leader of the Crimean Tatar National Movement, was handed a document on the Ukrainian border informing him he is banned by federal law from entering Russian territory for five years. It took place in April 2014.

Serhiy Kunitsyn, former Permanent Representative of the President in Crimea, in his interview with 112.ua said: “Why don’t we have a prime minister on occupied territories affairs?” Various services on returning Crimea, which now are established in Ukraine, has limited powers and authority; they are not effective at all. “Permanent Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which was moved to Kherson, it not working,” claims Kunitsyn. That is why Ukraine needs a special prime minister on this issue.

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