The Supreme Court of the annexed Crimea controlled by the Kremlin sentenced on Monday the deputy head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years of imprisonment. This was announced in Facebook by the lawyer Nikolai Polozov.
"Today, the Russian court in the Crimea recognized Akhtem Chiygoz as a citizen of Ukraine and sentenced him to 8 years in a strict-regime colony," Polozov wrote.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Facebook that "the case of Akhtem Chiygoz is another verdict for Russia, which at the highest international level - the UN - was recognized as an occupier."
As it was reported earlier Ukraine will do everything to release Chyigoz, according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Crimean ‘court’ to announce a verdict in the case of Crimean Tatar official on August 10.
Chyigoz has been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months now. He is charged with ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament’ on February 26, 2014.