Criminal case initiated for ban of Mejlis in Crimea
13:26, 19 April 2016

Criminal case initiated for ban of Mejlis in Crimea

Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonska suspended Mejlis on the peninsula

13:26, 19 April 2016

A criminal case on the ban of Mejlis by Prosecution of Crimea has been initiated on the peninsula, informed press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.

Prosecution of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea initiated the criminal case.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine noted, that the ban of Mejlis demonstrates violation of rights of Crimean Tatars people and all citizens, who oppose temporary occupation of the territory of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.

On April 18, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation listed Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as extremist organization.

On April 13, Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonska suspended Mejlis of Crimean Tatars.

The decision to suspend Mejlis will be in force until Supreme Court of Crimea rules on Poklonska’s appeal. Earlier, she demanded to recognize Mejlis an extremist organization. The lawsuit is currently at the stage of consideration.

Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, in the periods between sessions of Kurultay, is the only executive organ of Crimean Tatars, elected by Kurultay among its delegates. Kurultay is the highest institute of state authority of the Crimean Tatar people, summoned amid turning points in their history.

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