SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

The Kyiv District Court of Simferopol left Crimean Tatar Dilyaver Gafarov, who was detained during the searches on October 30, in custody until December 25, the public organization Crimean Solidarity reported.

The prosecutor insisted on the choice of a preventive measure in the form of arrest, arguing that the defendant could allegedly abscond.

The defense noted that the prosecutor's petition was based on assumptions and asked the judge for house arrest for Gafarov till the end of the proceedings.

Dilyaver Gafarov said in court that he had not committed a crime in which he was suspected by Russian security forces.

Gafarov is suspected of participating in an illegal armed formation, including on the territory of another state (part two, article 208 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

On the morning of October 30, Russian security forces came with a search to the house of Gafarov in the village of Zhemchuzhne in Crimea. During searches, his laptop, phone, documents, including Russian and Ukrainian passports were confiscated from him.

Dilyaver Gafarov was taken to the Simferopol detention center.

QHA