The European Union called on Russia to release illegally convicted Deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars Akhtem chigusa, and to drop charges against another Vice head of the organization Ilmi Umerov. This is stated in the official statement of the foreign Ministry of the EU.
It is reported that on the eve of the so-called Supreme court of the occupied Crimea Chiygoza was sentenced to eight years in prison for “organizing mass riots” in February 2014.
“The European Union has consistently followed the matter of Mr. Chiygoza and insisted on his release and this call we repeat today,” said the EU statement.
It is noted that the prohibition of activities of Parliament and self-governing body and the persecution of its leaders constitute serious and unacceptable violations of human rights.
“We expect the immediate withdrawal of charges against another Vice-Chairman of the Majlis Mr. Ilmi Umerov and reaffirm our long-standing position that all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine on the Crimean Peninsula and the Russian Federation must be released immediately”, – concluded the EU statement.