The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev, the members of the Mejlis Gayana Yuksel, Riza Shevkiev, Abmedjit Suleymanov and Gulnara Bekirova, the member of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, the Head of the Revision Commission of the Kurultai of Crimean Tatar People Ali Ozenbash, the Coordinator of the Crimean Civil Blockade Lenur Islyamov were at the meeting. The spouse of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiyhoz Elmira Ablyalimova and the lawyer of the Crimean Tatars Nikolai Polozov were also invited to the meeting.
Two issues were on the agenda: the situation with Crimean Tatars political prisoners in the Crimea, and changes in the Constitution of Ukraine for creating the Crimean Tatar national-territorial autonomy.
Elmira Ablyalimova read the Akhtem Chiyhoz’s appeal to the members of the Mejlis. Her husband is in the Simferopol remand prison on the fabricated by occupation authorities accusation on violation of the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation. She stressed that during two and a half years of this prison detention Akhtem-aga remained to be a Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. He is making attempts to help solving problems of Crimean Tatar people even from the prison as far as possible.
“We do our best to help our fellows who are accused of the "Hizb ut-Tahrir case". They are very happy when they see Akhtem. They understand that only unity will save our people…Akhtem asked me to tell that he had the opportunity to go out and not to be in prison, especially first six months. The condition was to refuse from the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov. High FSB officials came to him with this proposal. But his said that he despised those people who recently had bowed to kiss Mustafa-aga's hand and to shake Refat-aga's hand for their own mercenary purposes, but after that they were dragging them through the mud. He would despise himself if he did the same. It was his answer. And now Akhtem is extremely sensitive to the betrayal of the people”, Ablyalimova said
The Chiyhoz’s wife specified that prisoners and remand prison staff treat him with respect. She reminded that the Crimean Tatars came to court on political processes with danger of being brought to justice by the occupation authorities. They continue to call themselves as indigenous people of Crimea and citizens of Ukraine. Ablyalimova also mentioned the support of Crimean Tatars from Ukrainians in the Crimea.
“Akhtem is very proud of our people and of the position that he shows in the courts. Akhtem Chiyhoz consider that this trial is not over him but over the entire Crimean Tatar people and is continue of the national struggle. People are not afraid to say in the courts that Refat-aga and Mustafa-aga are their leaders, and that the Mejlis is the authority that they have chosen... Akhtem asked to tell that the Crimean Tatars in the mainland Ukraine had to think every day what they had made for our people in the Crimea”, Elmira Ablyalimova added.
Referance: Akhtem Chyihoz 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.