Canada urges Russia to release Chiygoz
The country’s foreign ministry calls for liberation of Crimean Tatar leader and other political prisoners illegally held in Russia
Canadian ministry for foreign affairs offers Russia to release Akhtem Chiygoz, the deputy head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars. The authority’s press service tweeted that on Wednesday.
As it was reported earlier, Chiygozhad been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months. He was charged with "organization of and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament" on February 26, 2014. For this "offence", the Crimean court sentenced him for eight years of imprisonment.
Ukraine and the Council of Europe condemned the verdict of the Russian court. Chiygoz’s lawyers expect the decision will be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.