Erdogan promised to intervene in Sentsov's releasing process in 2017

Source : 112 Ukraine

Chiygoz does not doubt that there are grounds of the statement of Mustafa Dzhemilev on the possible exchange of Sentsov and Kolchenko with the support of Turkey
18:07, 12 June 2018

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President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to intervene in the releasing process of Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian filmmaker illegally convicted in Russia. Achtem Chiygoz, then Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar's Mejlis claimed this as 112 Ukraine reported.

'During the first meeting after the release, I asked him (President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, - 112 international) to intervene in the releasing process of Sentsov. He said that he will work on it," he noted.

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Also, Chiygoz added that there is no doubt that there are grounds of the statement of Mustafa Dzhemilev on the possible exchange of Sentsov and Kolchenko with the support of Turkey.

"The issue is only in the compliance, maturation of the conditions. The release of Chiygoz and Umerov did not take place only upon some situational profitable moments between the president of Turkey and Russia; a few years of the concentration, efforts of the Ukrainian people and my compatriots and the international community influenced this. In this case, I do not exclude such possibility. Moreover, the influence of Turkey and leader Erdogan are quite high," he said.

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Earlier Dzhemilev noted that Turkey does not exclude that the release scenario of chairmen of Mejlis Achtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov can repeat with Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko.

As it was reported earlier, 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.

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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.

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