Crimean ‘court’ charges Crimean Tatar leader with ‘mass riots’ in February 2014

16:35, 26 December 2017

Akhtem Chyigoz, the deputy leader of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, faced new charges from the court of the occupied Crimea. The self-proclaimed authority accused him of organization of mass riots in February 2014; that actually was the public protest where Crimean Tatars tried to prevent capturing of the peninsula by the Russian troops and their local sidekicks.

This is currently the third edition of the criminal indictment in this case. The ‘court’ claims that Chyigoz and other Crimean Tatar activists ‘rudely violated public order and resorted to violence’. The next session in this case is slated for January 11.

Akhtem Chyigoz was detained in early 2015; he was held in custody in Crimea until October 2017. Then, the local government released him and his colleague Ilmi Umerov. Both came to Turkey and then returned to Ukraine, stating that they will continue to struggle for deliberation of Crimea.