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Russian occupation court rules ban on Crimean Tatars Mejlis

On April 26, at the court hearing in the so-called “Supreme Court”, Russian authorities of the occupied peninsula announced Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars as an "extremist organization"
Russian occupation court rules ban on Crimean Tatars Mejlis

The so-called “Supreme Court” of the Russian-occupied Crimea banned Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and forbade any activities of this organization across the Russian Federation, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the 112 Ukraine TV Channel.

The decision was announced on Tuesday by judicial panel chaired by judge Natalya Terentyeva. Natalya Poklonskaya, the so-called “Prosecutor of Crimea” initiated the criminal case against Mejlis.

“[The court ruled] to recognize the association called the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars as extremist organization and ban its activities “, judge Natalya Terentyeva read out, Krym.Realii reported.

During her speech Natalya Poklonskaya stated that “if the court does not satisfy the claim, the Mejlis will continue extremist activities.”

This decision, according to analysts, gives way for the Russian occupation authorities for arrests and criminal prosecution against any member of the Crimean Tatar people under the pretext of their involvement in the Mejlis activity.

On April 18, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation listed Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as extremist organization. On April 13, Prosecutor of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya suspended Mejlis of Crimean Tatars.

Earlier, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine reported that a criminal case on the ban of Mejlis by Prosecution of Crimea has been initiated. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine noted that the ban of Mejlis demonstrates violation of rights of Crimean Tatars people and all citizens, who oppose temporary occupation of the territory of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.