The case of Ilmi Umerov, Crimean Tatar activist and one of the respected leaders of Crimean Tatars in Ukraine, will be considered today, June 7, during the court session in the occupied Simferopol, Crimea.
The so-called ‘Simferopol district court’ will have the session started at 2.30 p.m. Kyiv time, Krym. Realii reports.
Mark Feygin, the well-known Russian lawyer, previously said he’s going to protect Umerov’s interests in court.
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.
In December 2016, the Russian government has officially put Umerov on the terrorists' list.