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Crimean court sentences Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years in prison
11:32, 11 September 2017
Crimean court sentences Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years in prison

Crimean Tatar people ‘s Mejlis deputy head was recognized as a citizen of Ukraine

11:32, 11 September 2017

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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."

Related: Crimean Tatar detained, fined for rallying and supporting Chiygoz

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. 

Related: Ukrainian prosecutors to judge witnesses in ‘Chiygoz case’

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