Over 60 Crimean Tatars fined for single pickets

Source : 112 Ukraine

Majority of the activists were fined for 170 dollars
09:25, 19 December 2017

Radio Liberty

More than 60 courts in the annexed Crimea decided to impose administrative penalties on Crimean Tatars, who on October 14 went out for single pickets to protest against arrests and searches. This was reported by Crimea.Realities agency.

“Adequate judges are a minority. Most of the defense appeals were rejected by the judges. There is at least one expert review, which allegedly proves the single intent of the pickets. It is very poorly written by a specialist with less than a year of experience. Judging from the previous cases, we understood that there would be administrative penalties. The intrigue was only whether it would be a fine, or community work,” the lawyer Lilja Gememi said.

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At least seven court hearings were postponed, five administrative protocols were sent for further investigation. Most activists were fined for 170 dollars.

In Dzhankoy, five Crimean Tatars were fined by the court for 260 dollars.

Lawyers intend to appeal the decisions of the courts and prepare a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights.

As it was reported earlier on Monday, the court of the annexed Crimea were to consider 72 cases of Crimean Tatars, detained over the last month in the occupied peninsula. Iryna Gerashchenko, first deputy speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, posted this on Facebook. 

Almost all hearings concern the Crimean Tatars who were detained after single protests against searches and arrests of their fellows in Simferopol and other towns across the peninsula. Their protests were considered ‘uncoordinated with the local government’.

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