Leader of Crimean Tatars sentensed to eight years in high-security prison

17:31, 12 September 2017

Akhtem Chyigoz, the deputy leader of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, was sentenced to eight years in penal colony. The respective decision was announced by the so-called court of the occupied Crimea.

The defense team filed an appeal against this decision; the Ukrainian diplomats called the verdict a reprisal against the activist. Kyiv demands Chyigoz to be extradited and repressions against Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians in Crimea to be stopped immediately.

Ahtem Chyigoz was found guilty in organizing mass rallies near the Crimean Parliament in February 2014. It was a meeting  in support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity. His lawyers said they would wait for the Supreme Court of Russia to consider their appeal, and then they most likely would turn to the European Court for Human Rights.