The so-called Supreme Court of the Crimea refused to attach protocols of two interrogations of the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov to the materials of the case against Akhtem Chiyhoz, referring to the fact that Refat Chubarov allegedly could come himself to the court, the lawyer Nikolai Polozov reported in a video message.
“The defense filed an application to attach the protocols of the Refat Chubarov's questionings that were conducted in November 2016 and in June 2017. The court refused to annex the questionings because they consider the protocols as a "non-procedural form" and called it a certain preliminary documents with questionings of a person who was not deprived of the right to appear in court”, he said.
However, on July 5, 2014, Refat Chubarov was banned from entering Russian Federation and Crimea by the notification of ex-prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya.
The court refused granting the appeal for demanding this statement in the Crimean prosecutor's office, referring to the fact that the court did not know what authority had imposed this ban and who had pressured.
In this regard, Akhtem Chiyhoz announced challenging the court based on repeated refusals in granting the applications on obtaining testimony of a key witness Refat Chubarov.
Polozov said that during the discussion of the petition, the prosecutor "advised" Akhtem Chiyhoz to change lawyers.
The court went to take a decision on the claimed challenge.