President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko condemned the ‘trial’ over Akhtem Chyigoz, the deputy leader of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars; as is known, the official faced charges with ‘organizing mass disturbances near the building of Crimean Parliament’ in February 2014.
‘They do not judge those who had their goals and motives, aimed at changing Ukraine’s territorial integrity, or those who captured and killed people, illegally abrogating the right to judge and rule. They judge those who protected the laws of this country, international norms, and rules. The occupant country conducts the trial, having no right to do so,’ the president quoted Chiygoz as speaking at the court session earlier this week.
According to the head of the Ukrainian state, the Ukrainian government ‘continues to do everything so as to save Chyigoz and the rest of Ukrainian citizens who became political prisoners of the Kremlin. ‘We’re proud of your courage and power of the spirit, Akhtem. Ukraine stands with you!’ Poroshenko posted on Facebook.
On Friday, the ‘Supreme Court’ of the Russian-occupied Crimea will announce the verdict in Chyigoz’s case. The official was detained in Crimea in January 2015; the self-proclaimed ‘authorities’ accused him and another five detained Crimean Tatars of participation in ‘illegal demonstrations near the Crimean Parliament’ in February 2014, as Russian troops seized power in Crimea.