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Russian FSB finishes investigation of Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov’s case

Soon, the defense will begin the familiarization with the materials of the case and it will be passed to the court
13:11, 13 June 2019

Edem Bekirov, the political prisoner
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The Russian FSB finished the investigation on the case of Crimean Tatar activist Edem Bekirovб accused of supposedly illegal storage of the munitions and explosivesб as Krym.Realii reported citing lawyers of a detainee Aleksey Ladin and Islyam Velilyaev.

“Today (on June 12, - 112.international) Bekirov is indicted. It is left without changes; the only thing is that the date and time, when he passed the munitions and explosives, according to the prosecution, were specified. Earlier the accusation was vague; time and date of the commitment of the crime were not established,” Velilyaev said.

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The order on the involvement as accused states that senior forensic-investigator of investigation department of Russian FSB in Crimea and Sevastopol Ivan Romanets, “considering the materials of the case, established that Bekirov committed the illegal storage of the munitions by a group of people with the prior agreement.”

According to lawyer Ladin, Bekirov did not plead guilty and confirmed his testimony provided during the investigation earlier; he also specified where he was and with whom on time and date.

“After the questioning, the defense applied for the prosecution to call and question people, who were with Bekirov at the time, when he supposedly passed explosives and munitions. Moreover, I appealed for the holding of the psycho-physiological test (polygraph test) of Bekirov and mythical witness with nickname Memetov in the case of his agreement. We wait for the response,” Ladin reported.

Related: ECHR obliges Russia to put Crimean Tatar prisoner Bekirov into hospital

As we reported earlier, the Russian law enforcers detained Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov at the entrance to the occupied Crimea from Chongar.

“On December 12, 2018, Ukrainian citizen, a Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov was detained at the entrance to the occupied Crimea. He was born in 1961, he lives in Novooleksiivka, Kherson region. It is known that Edem was heading to Crimea to visit his 78-year-old mother and relatives,” Chairman of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars Refat Chubarov stated. 

According to Chubarov, Berkirov was arrested during passport control on the territory controlled by the Russian law enforcers. Later, Chubarov noted that the detainee was taken to Russia’s Security Service office in the annexed Simferopol.

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