The verdict against Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, who was sentenced to two years in a settlement colony by the Crimean occupation court, will not stop the Crimean Tatar national movement.

The veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement Abdulla Kurtseit made a relevant statement in the commentary to Hayat Radio.

“If the Russian authorities hope to stop our national movement, then they are seriously mistaken. They think that if they lock up Ilmi Umerov, Ahtem Chiygoz and others, the Crimean Tatars will calm down and live under the imposed principles," he said.

Abdullah Kurtseit noted that most likely Ilmi-aga would be taken to the mainland of Russia and the occupants would do everything to prevent relatives and lawyers from meeting with him.

Earlier, QHA reported that on September 27, the Kremlin-controlled Simferopol district court passed a verdict in the case of Ilmi Umerov and chose a preventive measure in the form of two years in an open prison.

Lawyer Nikolai Polozov noted that, given the state of Ilmi Umerov’s health, the sentence of two years in a settlement colony is equival to a death sentence. He also said that the Russian authorities might take Ilmi Umerov to the territory of the Russian Federation to serve his sentence preventing the access to his relatives and lawyers.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers the verdict of Russian "judges" in the Crimea against Ilmi Umerov criminal and illegal, and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the verdict in the case of Ilmi Umerov is shameful.

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov is sure that the decision of the "court" in the occupied Crimea regarding the Deputy Chair of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov is an attempt to force the Crimean Tatars to leave the Crimea.

Earlier, the Russian prosecutor requested a punishment for Ilmi Umerov in the form of 3 years and 6 months of suspended sentence, probation for 3 years and a ban for three years to engage in public and teaching activities.

Reference: On May 12, 2016, the FSB in Crimea initiated a criminal case against Ilmi Umerov under art. 280.1 for allegedly calling on the television channel ATR for actions that threaten the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.
Ilmi Umerov claims that the case against him was initiated on the basis of two phrases, pulled out of context and incorrectly translated, with adding the words he did not utter.

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