The United States condemned the sentence of Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz ruled out by Crimean occupation court, saying it was baseless. This was stated by the spokesperson for the United States Department of State Heather Nauert.
“We’re deeply troubled by the conviction and 8-year sentence handed down on September 10 in Crimea to the Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz, in connection with baseless charges related to a demonstration that took place before Russia’s occupation even began. This is the latest in a long line of politically-motivated legal actions against the Mejlis and its leadership, which is being targeted for its opposition to Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea,” she wrote.
As it was reported earlier the Supreme Court of the annexed Crimea controlled by the Kremlin sentenced on Monday the deputy head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years of imprisonment.
Ukraine will do everything to release Chiygoz, according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Crimean ‘court’ to announce the verdict in the case of Crimean Tatar official on August 10.
Chyigoz has been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months now. He is charged with ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament’ on February 26, 2014.