Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), the rapporteur for the Monitoring Committee in respect of Ukraine, on September 28 strongly condemned the sentencing to two years in prison of Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, for "separatism", by Russian appointed judges in Simferopol. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe reported that on their official website.
"It is unacceptable that the Russian authorities prosecute and detain Ukrainian citizens for their opposition to the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. I, therefore, call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Umerov by the Russian authorities," stated Mr. Fischer.
As it was reported earlier the so-called Simferopol District Court in occupied Crimea sentenced the Deputy Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov to two years in the colony.
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.