The so-called Simferopol District Court in occupied Crimea sentenced the Deputy Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov to two years in colony. This was reported by the lawyer Nikolai Polozov in Facebook.
"The Russian court in Crimea issued a verdict to Ilmi Umerov – two years in colony, and a two-year ban on social activities. Given the state of health of Ilmi, this is equivalent to a death sentence (I already know what kind of medical care is in Russian Federal Penitentiary Service). The disproportionately cruel sentence is due only to the fact that Ilmi Umerov is Crimean Tatar, "Polozov said.
According to the Internet agency Crimea.Realities, the announcement of sentence in court began without the presence of the lawyer of Umerov, Mark Feigin and the defender Alexander Podrabinek.
Before the trial, the lawyer of Umerov expressed hope that the report of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released on September 25 on situation in the annexed Crimea could contribute to mitigation of the verdict for his client.
According to Interfax, Umerov's defense intends to appeal the verdict. During the debate, the prosecutor asked a week ago to sentence Umerov to 3,5 years of suspended prison sentence.
Four Umerov's lawyers insisted on an acquittal. The defendant called the criminal case politically motivated and fabricated, stating that the translation of his public speech from the Crimean Tatar to the Russian language, which was the basis for the charge, is not word-to-word, the phrase "it is necessary" was added to the text to make it sound like a call for actions.
As it was reported earlier Ilmi Umerov was arrested by Russian authorities on May 12, 2014 after protesting illegal Russian occupation of the Crimean Peninsula and the repression of native Crimean Tatars. For publicly speaking out against Russia’s illegal occupation, Russian authorities have charged Mr. Umerov with “public calls to action aimed at violating Russian territorial integrity,” which can carry a prison sentence of five years. More alarmingly, in August 2016, Russian authorities took Mr. Umerov to Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 in Simferopol, where he was held against his will.
In September 2016, the highly-ranked Crimean Tatar official has been released from the psychiatric clinic. It was proved that he is mentally sane.