Crimean Tatars are being arrested on political grounds in the annexed Crimea
According to Zaire Smedlyaev, Chairman of the Central Election Commission Kurultai, seven Crimean Tatars are arrested, while another ten are under examination.
Mr. Smedlyaev states criminal cases against the Crimean Tatars do not have probative evidence while the accusations are no more than nudis verbis.
“The evidence base in any of these cases has nothing substantial – just nudis verbis. Those, accused of the May 3 Case, are accused of using force against a representative of authorities, although no force was used against any public agents even under the Russian law… Therefore, these actions could be interpreted as disorderly conduct”, – noted Smedlyaev.
The criminal cases against the Crimean Tatars are related to events of February 26 and May 3, 2014.
The arrests and trials in the February 26 Case are related to the events that took place just outside the Crimean Parliament, where several thousand Crimean Tatars and the Russian Unity followers gathered to make their civic position clear. The event was organized by Refat Chubarov, Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, and Sergei Aksenov, the leader of the Russian Unity. Two lives we lost as the result of public disturbances. Right after Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia Investigative Committee of the MVD of Russia launched a criminal investigation into this case.
January 29, 2015, Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, was arrested “on suspicion of organizing and attending street demonstrations”. His custody expires on November 19, 2015.
The May 3 Case is related to the events of May 3, 2014, when the Crimean Tatars gathered together in the city of Armiansk to meet their national leader Mustafa Dzhemilev. The occupying authorities banned him from entering Russia and the Crimea. Later the occupants initiated criminal prosecution against the civilian protesters.