Deputies Head of Crimean Tatar Mejlis Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz arrived in Ankara. According to Authorized Representative of the President on Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev, they will start for Ukraine from Turkey later as 15minut reported.
‘Advocate Mykola Polozov reported about 10:30 that Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz were driven to the airport. The officers of the FSB said that it was made for the signing of the protocol on the transferring of Chiygoz and Umerov to the Turkish side according to the agreement between Turkey and Russia. Later they made for Anapa. I received a message at 13:30 that the plane from Anapa aimed to Ankara. Then they will arrive in Ukraine. It is a result of the negotiations of Erdogan and Putin’, Dzhemilev said.
Representatives of Crimea Tatar Mejlis Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz judged by occupation court of Russia were extradited to Turkey on October 25.
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.