In the case of "February 26" exclusively Crimean Tatars found themselves in the dock, and the occupiers did not have an understanding of what to do next. Therefore, the announcement of the verdict was postponed three times, and any resolution was expected from above, except for justification, Russian lawyer Nikolai Polozov wrote on his Facebook page on June 19.
“Today, five young Crimean Tatars in the "February 26 case" were illegally convicted in Crimea. They were given conditional sentence, which is almost an acquittal, in conditions of today's cannibalistic measures of repression in the Crimea, where people are put in camps for long periods like for conveyor belt,” he said.
According to him, the Russian court could not justify the persons involved the "case."
“Not only because acquittal sentences are less than the statistical error indicators. And not only because Akhtem Chiygoz was sentenced to 8 years in the same case, and then released and deported. The main task of this criminal case is to develop and scaffold the myth that is inculcated by Russian propaganda about the "voluntary annexation of the Crimea", he noted.
According to Polozov, the Kremlin and the appointed Crimean functionaries could not forgive the firm patriotic position of that part of the Crimean population who on February 26, 2014 came to the building of the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC in defense of Ukraine's unity.
“In a case where exclusively Crimean Tatars were put in the dock, and the members of the "people's militia" and the heroes of the "Russian spring" were the victims, in fact they took random people with whom the Russian authorities did not understanding what to do next, almost 4.5 years after the events that had already lost any topicality. Therefore, the announcement of the verdict was postponed three times, any resolution was expected from above, except for justification," Polozov wrote.
The lawyer further noted that he is glad that the defendants "were able to withstand in this complex legal process and will be close to their loved ones, who need them so much now ".
QHA reported that the Kremlin-controlled court in the occupied Crimea passed the verdict to the defendants of the so-called "case of February 26". Thus, the court controlled by the Kremlin sentenced Eskender Emirvaliev to 3 years and 6 months probation, Arsen Yunusov and Eskender Kantemirov to 4 years probation, and Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi were sentenced to 4 years and 6 months probation. All suspects were given a trial period of 3 years.
Reference: Mustafa Dedermendzhi and Ali Asanov were tried for participation in the rally on February 26, 2014 outside the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and rendering resistance to the Russian occupation forces.