Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, representatives of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, who had been unlawfully convicted by the Russian occupational court in Crimea, have been extradited to Turkey, as the Ukrainska Pravda informs quoting the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzemilev.
According to him, Umerov and Chiygoz were brought to Simferopil first, and then they were sent to Ankara through Anapa.
Lawyer Nikolai Polozov also confirmed the information, according to his Facebook.
“What we’ve been waiting for so long finally happened. Two more captives, two Ukrainian political prisoners have gained freedom. Today they have been released from criminal persecution. It’s a natural result of the titanic efforts and the successfully operated legal, political, and diplomatic work,” he wrote.
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.