The Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov is ready to visit the occupied Crimea to testify in the case of his deputy Ahtem Chiygoz, according to his statement during the press conference on May 15, where the plan of events for the anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatar people was presented, QHA correspondent reports.

Chubarov noted that Russian lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who defends Chiygoz in the court, asked him to give testimony, and he had already written the relevant application.

“With this application I give my consent to be summoned by the “Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea” as a defense witness under the article 456 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation in the criminal case against Ahtem Zeytullaevich Chiygoz, accused under Part 1 of Art. 212 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation”, Refat Chubarov stated.

Chubarov said that he is one of those people who can give objective testimony.

“More than 100 prosecution witnesses have already testified at these hearings, and now the defense has submitted a list of 80 people. It is clear that my name is announced at each meeting. I am one of the key persons of those events. Therefore, who, if not me, should give such evidence,” Chubarov said.

When asked whether he is afraid to visit the occupied Crimea, Chubarov replied that the abovementioned article gives him some kind of immunity while he is in Crimea to testify.

The Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people also emphasized that he is ready to take such steps to release his deputies Ahtem Chiygoz, Ilmi Umerov and all the Crimean Tatars who suffered under repression in Crimea.

“I cannot but agree to use such a legal mechanism,” he concluded.

Reference. According to part 4 of Art. 456 of the Criminal Code of Russian Federation, the persons referred to in paragraph 1 of this article who come on call may not be involved as a defendant in the territory of the Russian Federation or taken into custody or subjected to other restrictions of personal freedom for acts or on the basis of sentences brought prior the indicated persons had crossed the state border of the Russian Federation.

The immunity is terminated if a summoned person who had the opportunity to leave the territory of the Russian Federation still stays after the indicated period of 15 days from the date when his/her presence is no longer required, or returns to Russian Federation after departure.