Released Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov will arrive in Ukraine tomorrow, on October 27, and not today, as it as reported earlier. Emine Dzheppar, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, reported that on her Facebook page.
“The arrival of the dismissed deputy chairmen of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz is postponed. The details will be reported later. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We will immediately report on the new details of their arrival to Boryspil Airport. We expect them, to come tomorrow, on October 27,” she writes.
As we reported earlier, the representatives of the Crimea Tatar Mejlis Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz judged by occupation court of Russia were extradited to Turkey on October 25. The release became possible due to the support of President of Turkey Erdogan.
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.
Akhtem Chiygoz had been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months, as he was charged with ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament’ on February 26, 2014. The "court" convicted him for 8 years of imprisonment on September 11.