Dzhemilev: Russia’s Supreme Court unlikely to cancel ban of Mejlis

Source : 112 Ukraine

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19:37, 28 April 2016

According to Ukraine’s MP, Presidential Envoy on Rights of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Russian judiciary authorities most likely will not cancel the recent ban of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people.

“Well, since there were instructions to shut down Mejlis, I don’t think this court decision will be revised or canceled. However, there is an option. If the international community puts fairly strong pressure on Russia, and the Supreme Court will have to change the decision, the government might use the respective legal mechanism, like changing the decision after an appeal or something. But that’s unlikely to happen”, Dzhemilev said.    

On April 26, the so-called "Supreme Court" of the Russian-occupied Crimea banned Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and forbade any activities of this organization across the Russian Federation. The decision was announced by judicial panel chaired by judge Natalya Terentyeva; thus, the panel complied with the respective suit of Natalya Poklonskaya, so-called "Prosecutor of Crimea". 

Earlier, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine reported that a criminal case on the ban of Mejlis by Prosecution of Crimea has been initiated. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine noted that the ban of Mejlis demonstrates violation of rights of Crimean Tatars people and all citizens, who oppose temporary occupation of the territory of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.

Previously, on April 18, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation listed Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as extremist organization. 

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