The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has demanded to stop violations of human rights in the occupied Crimea and to release Akhtem Chiyhoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, who is being tried on a fabricated case.
A corresponding statement appeared on the website of the department.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns the decision of the illegal so-called court of the Russian occupation authorities on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine) to extend the preventive measure in the form of detention until October 8, 2017 to the citizen of Ukraine, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz.”
The Foreign Ministry stressed that the groundlessness of the accusations against Chiygoz testifies to the occupiers’ ongoing purposeful policy of harassment, intimidation and reprisals on the territory of the peninsula.
“We demand the Kremlin to immediately release Akhtem Chiygoz and stop human rights violations and politically motivated persecution of Ukrainian citizens in the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.”
Earlier, QHA reported that the Kremlin-controlled Crimean court extended Akhtem Chiygoz's detention until October 8, 2017.
Reference: Akhtem Chiygoz was detained in January 2015 in the Crimea, on accusations of organizing and participating in mass riots on February 26, 2014. Then, outside the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea, a rally was held in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
He has been detained for more than two years in the remand prison. At the "court" he repeatedly stated that he does not admit his guilt and intends to fight to the end for the truth. In his messages to compatriots, Chiyhoz thanked them for their support and called "not to be afraid of anything in their native land."