Crimean Tatars' prosecution: New charges in an old case for a Crimean Tatar leader
Crime18:30 Nov. 3, 2016
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New charges in an old case for a Crimean Tatar leader

Russian occupational authorities in Crimea conjured up new charges for Ilmi Umerov

The Crimean occupational authorities accuse Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimea Tatar People, of extremism this time.

Another charge was presented to him the day before, according to his lawyer Emil Kurbedinov.

Watch more Crimean Tatar leader freed from mental ward

The advocate says the Russian security service FSB, after a request about the investigation to review the case, searched through video materials from ATR Crimean Tatar channel again and eventually found extremist claims by Umerov. In particular, the interview where the Mejlis Deputy Chairman said that Crimea is Ukraine but not Russian.

For those words, the occupational authorities arrested him the first time in spring of this year, and then placed him on a mental ward. Umerov was later freed, only after international pressure on Russia.

Read also Mejlis member on Umerov case: This is small victory, but we shouldn't relax

Now, Ilmi Umerov is on trial in Crimea for encroaching the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation and extremism.

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