The Mejlis denies its implication in the blockade of Crimea

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The members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people bear no relation to the so-called “blockades” of Crimea. This was stated by the lawyer Cemil Temishev, speaking today at the court hearing on the prosecutors’ lawsuit on clamp down of the Mejlis as an extremist organization.

The lawyer explained that the Mejlis was a collegial body composed of 33 people and each Member of the Mejlis had an opinion. This collegiate body did not take any decisions on blocking roads and check-points on the “border” with mainland Ukraine, as well as the economic blockade and any other mass events.

“Many members of the Mejlis have publicly expressed their disagreement with the action of the President of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov and Lenur Islyamov, which is not a delegate of the Kurultay, nor a member of the Mejlis,” he added.

Earlier the Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya told reporters that in the Court one of the evidence of the destructive activities of the members of the Mejlis could be, in particular, the articles about sabotage to undermine the power transmission lines in Kherson oblast, Ukraine, that had caused the complete power supply cut-off on the Crimean peninsula on the night of November 22, 2015.

As a reminder, Poklonskaya sent the lawsuit for recognition of the Mejlis as an extremist organization on February 15.

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