“Received the written text of the sentence today. Finally, after arriving home, read it. Everything, that the prosecution falsified, is beyond doubt. Everything, that the defence offered, doesn’t deserve attention,” Umerov wrote.
Four lawyers insisted on an acquittal for Umerov. The translation of his public speech from Crimean Tatar to Russian, used as a basis of the accusation, isn’t adequate. Word “need” was added to his speech, which transformed what he said into a call for action.
“Those who don’t know the Crimean Tatar language, heard an appeal, and the judge, in his turn, “heard” them. Native speakers of the Crimean Tatar language deny there being an appeal, and the judge finds it their subjective opinion. The so-called judge Kulishev bit by bit put together an accusation that fell apart in front of everyone. This is the reality of today’s Crimea. We continue living. Not changing the views and opinions,” Umerov summed up.
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.