16:47 09.08.2017

Chiygoz's verdict to be announced in Crimea on Sept 11

The verdict to the deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Akhtem Chiygoz, who was illegally arrested in the occupied Crimea, will be announced on September 11, his lawyer Nikolai Polozov said.

"Today, the oral arguments of the parties have ended in the court on the case of Akhtem Chiygoz, during which Chiygoz's public defenders and he spoke, after which he delivered the last word. The verdict will be announced on September 11," Polozov wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

He also published on his page the text of the last word of Chiygoz, in which he, in particular, says that there is no criminal case against him, and the country-invader of Crimea, which does not have the right to do so, is making a trial against him.

"Whatever I do, no matter how hard it is for me now, and not knowing if I ever be alive, I'm afraid even more that my actions, thoughts, statements can disgrace me as a person, as a Crimean Tatar and my people will be ashamed for the trust and election of me to the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people [...] I am destined to take up this sentence as a verdict for the entire Crimean Tatar people - on behalf of the Russian Federation that occupied my motherland," Chiygoz said.

Prosecutor Anastasia Supryaga asked for Chiygoz a punishment in the form of imprisonment for eight years with serving in a colony of general regime, the internet site Krym Realia said on August 7.

As reported, Chiygoz was detained in Crimea on January 29, 2015 on suspicion of organizing and participating in mass riots on February 26, 2014. In fact, he was detained for participation in a rally in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine in front of the Crimean parliament building, when protesters were opposed by pro-Russian activists, including, from the Russian Unity party.

The term of his arrest was prolonged until October 8.

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