In Crimea, the Court let the detainer stand concerning Ali Asanov, the Crimean Tatar civic leader
October 26, 2015, the Kiev District Court of Simferopol held a hearing regarding the appeal of Ali Asanov, the Crimean Tatar civic leader, who was arrested as a suspect in the February 26 Case. The Court rejected the defense motion to change custody for alternative measures such as written undertaking not to leave the peninsula or house imprisonment.
Therefore, Ali Asanov will be kept at the trial detention center through to November 19, 2015.
“when making decisions with respect to the Crimean Tatars are now guided not by the letter of the law and political order and instructions from above.”
According to Zaire Smedlyaev, Chairman of the Central Election Commission Kurultai, the court decision was not a surprise since “today the courts in Crimea comply with political put-up job rather than law when passing judgments on the representatives of the Crimean Tatar people”.
Ali Asanov was arrested on April 15, 2015, on charges of being involved in the demonstrations of Crimean Tatars held just outside the Crimean Parliament on February 26, 2014, i.e. before the Crimean peninsula had been occupied by Russia.
Many Crimean Tatars are being arrested on suspicion of organizing and attending street demonstrations, while several were killed.