The “Supreme Court” of Crimea continues questioning witnesses on the so-called “case of 26 February”, where Ahtem Chijgoz, Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar people Mejlis is the accused person.
According to his lawyer Nikolay Polozov, one of the witnesses had already appeared in the case against the Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, convicted in Russia for allegedly “preparation of terrorist acts in Crimea”.
“Previously complainant Tokhtomysh testified upon a trial in the case of Sentsov,” wrote Polozov on Twitter.
As a reminder, a large-scale rally of opponents and supporters of Crimea’s separation from Ukraine took place near the Crimean Parliament on February 26, 2014. There were representatives of the Crimean Tatars Mejlis and pro-Ukrainian activists among the first. They were opposed by pro-Russian activists organized by Russian Unity led by Sergei Aksenov, who now heads the Crimean Government. Then, as a result of the action, two people were killed.
After the annexation of Crimea the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case. As part of the investigation a number of the Crimean Tatar activists were arrested in Crimea. Ahtem Chijgoz, Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar people Mejlis was charged with “organization and participation in mass disorders”.
On July 20, at chambers, the Court severed from the charges in the “case of 26 February” two separate proceedings: against Ahtem Chijgoz and other participants of the process — Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi.
Chijgoz refuses to admit guilt.