Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his efforts to free the deputy chairman of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiyhoz and Ilmi Umerov. Poroshenko wrote this on his Facebook page.
"I am glad to hear that Akhtem Chiyhoz and Ilmi Umerov are finally free. I am grateful to the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his efforts to free our heroes, as we agreed in New York and Kyiv. This issue will continue to be among the priority ones during my talks with world leaders, because the joint struggle for the liberation of all Ukrainian citizens and their return to their home continues, "the president wrote.
As it was reported ealier Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, representatives of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, who had been unlawfully convicted by the Russian occupational court in Crimea, have been extradited to Turkey, according to the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzemilev.
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.
Akhtem Chiygoz had been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months, as he was charged with ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament’ on February 26, 2014. The "court" convicted him for 8 years of imprisonment on September 11.