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Russian court hearing on Crimean Tatar Mejlis ban postponed until April 15

The Crimean Tatar leaders expect the judges to order prohibition of the organisation
Russian court hearing on Crimean Tatar Mejlis ban postponed until April 15

The Russian occupation “Republican Supreme Court” in the annexed Crimea held a brief hearing on the case of prohibition of Crimean Tatar Mejlis on April 8, then postponed the session on April 15, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to UA Today TV channel.

The hearing lasted 10 minutes and was postponed. The prosecutors provided papers allegedly proving the guilt of Refat Chubarov, the acting head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis.

He is accused of “threatening the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation”. The defence pleaded for a break during the session in order to have time to examine the new evidence. The next session is set to take place on April 15.

The ban of Mejlis is demanded by the so-called Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonska. Various international human rights groups have repeatedly criticized the trial process. PACE representatives have stated the “Crimean government” wants to forbid Mejlis because it opposes the occupation of the peninsula.

Several other Crimean Tatar activists are also on trial in Russia. They are under arrest for participating in mass demonstrations in Simferopol two years ago. The Russian prosecution is demanding 15 years in prison for all of the accused.

It should be recalled also that Refat Chubarov earlier stressed that if Russia declares the activity of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People as illegal, over 2,000 people could be declared terrorists in the peninsula.

And Mustafa Dzhemilev, former head of the Crimean Tatars Mejlis, said that the ban of Mejlis by Russia should be regarded as a ground to increase international sanctions against Russia.