The first part of the 127th court hearing on the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiyhoz case was held in procedural irregularities, the lawyer Nikolai Polozov said about the progress of the trial in video message.
At the beginning of the hearing, the defense claimed challenge of the court. The reason was that at the previous session the court refused to call witnesses Olga Kovitidi and Sergey Tsekov, who were deputies of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on February 26, 2014.
According to Polozov, they could give evidence about the circumstances of the events that took place on February 26. Defense considers that complete bias was a reason for reluctance of the court to interrogate these witnesses.
At once after the court denied the challenge, the court officials applied telephone messages from Kovitidi and Tsekov, who confirmed their intention to testify. The defense filed a new petition for summoning these individuals, which was nevertheless granted.
On the same grounds, the application for summoning Vladimir Konstantinov to the court was repeatedly filed, but the court dismissed it for reasons unknown to defense.
The date of Kovitidi and Tsekova interrogation has not yet been appointed, but Nikolai Polozov suggests that the interrogation may take place next week.