16:39 27.10.2017

Fight for release of political prisoners in Crimea to continue – Crimean Tatar leaders

Fight for release of political prisoners in Crimea to continue – Crimean Tatar leaders

The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people will continue to seek the release of political prisoners in Crimea, Mejlis Chairman Refat Chubarov and the leader of the Crimean Tatars, the Ukrainian president's authorized representative for Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Jemilev, have said.

At a press conference at Boryspil Airport on Friday on the occasion of the arrival from Ankara of the freed deputy heads of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, Jemilev assured that the struggle for the liberation of everyone who is subjected to repression in the occupied Crimea, regardless of their nationality, will continue.

"This will be done through [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan. At a meeting with Erdogan our guys talked about the need to take efforts to free our other political prisoners... We will also use other possible options, first of all, international structures – the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly, the UN structures," he said.

Jemilev thanked everyone who supported Chyigoz and Umerov in Crimea and went to court sessions. "I hope that we will continue to free other political prisoners. We will not stop at this, it will be the beginning of the liberation of Crimea," he said.

In turn, Chubarov read out the list of all those who are currently being prosecuted in the occupied Crimea, or are in prison and assured that the work on their release does not stop.

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