12:57 Apr. 8, 2016
The Crimean Tatar leaders expect the judges to order prohibition of the organisation
The "Republican Supreme Court" in Crimea went into session on the case of prohibition of Mejlis on April 8.
The hearing lasted 10 minutes and was postponed. The prosecutors provided papers allegedly proving the guilt of the Crimean Tatar Leader Refat Chubarov.
He is accused of "threatening the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation". The defence pleaded for a break during the session in order to have time to examine the new evidence. The next session is set to take place on April 15.
The ban of Mejlis is demanded by the so-called Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonska. Various international human rights groups have repeatedly criticized the trial process. PACE representatives have stated the "Crimean government" wants to forbid Mejlis because it opposes the occupation of the peninsula.
Several other Crimean Tatar activists are also on trial in Russia. They are under arrest for participating in mass demonstrations in Simferopol two years ago. The Russian prosecution is demanding 15 years in prison for all of the accused.