Ilmi Umerov, deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, who was sentenced to two years in prison by the occupation authorities of Crimea said that he would not ask for pardon despite the illness. He said this in an interview with The Guardian.
"There is little hope of justice through an official appeal, and I definitely will not make any appeals for clemency," Umerov said, noting that he does not want to beg to his oppressors.
In addition, he added that he did not regret that he had not run away from Crimea when he had a chance: "Even if someone gave me a safe corridor to leave now, I would disagree," he said.
We recall that the court in the occupied Crimea sentenced Umerov to two years in prison and banned from engaging in public activities for two years. He was charged under art. 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation - public calls for the implementation of actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation. The EU mission in Ukraine demanded the immediate release of Umerov.