The trial of the Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz in the annexed Crimea is coming to an end and the most intriguing issue is the term of imprisonment he will be sentenced to, lawyer Nikolai Polozov stated, 112.ua reports.
According to the lawyer, in spite of all the efforts of the defense, Chiygoz will be found guilty.
"The case of Akhtem Chiygoz is already coming to an end. In the final stage, the protection admitted a number of proofs that relate to the context. These are media publications of those days, February 25-26, 2014, from which it follows that the aggressive crowd did not intend to seize anything, as the charge presented, and proponents of the pro-Russian views blocked the building of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea the day before the events, and already engaged in appeals to change the territorial integrity. It was important for us to show the context in the court. We are satisfied that the court has attached these proofs to the case... Despite the lack of any evidence of his guilt, he will be found guilty. The most intriguing issue is the term he will be sentenced to. He is facing from 4 to 10 years.”
Polozov went on saying that the defense intends to move to judicial debate, after which the court is to deliver a sentence. According to the lawyer's estimates, the verdict will be delivered in late summer or early autumn.
Earlier, in the course of the 150th session of the "case" against Akhtem Chiygoz, defense filed a number of petitions on admitting written documents - media reports dated 25 and 26 February 2014 - as evidence.
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. The Chiygoz case is considered by the court within the framework of a falsified "case of February 26".