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 Mock trial of Chyigoz underway in occupied Crimea: ‘affected’ Ukrainian ex-police officers give testimony

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, the so-called Russian-controlled “Supreme Court” of the occupied Crimea continued hearing the case against Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars Ahtem Chyigoz filed into the “events of Feb. 26.”

Censor.NET reports citing Krym.Realii.

According to lawyer Nikolai Polozov, three "victims" were summoned to testify at the trial.

"All three were ex-officers of the Ukrainian police who maintain order. They serve in the Russian police now," Polozov wrote on Twitter.

During February 2014 events in Crimea, the Crimean Tatar activists who supported Ukraine's territorial integrity were opposed by separatists from the Russian Unity party led by current "head" of Crimea Sergey Aksenov. They started to be persecuted in Crimea following the peninsula's occupation by Russia.

Read more: Case of Chiygoz is milestone for Kremlin: they arrest committed activists and break them making example to intimidate Crimean Tatars, - lawyer Polozov

The court separated the case initiated into the events of Feb. 26, 2014 into two ones at the hearing in camera July 20, 2016: the case against Ahtem Chyigoz and the one against other suspects - Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi.

Ahtem Chyigoz refused to plead guilty during the trial.

The court dismissed the motion to admit defendant in the "case of Feb. 26" Ahtem Chyigoz in the courtroom Aug. 18. Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov also said that no "victim" in the courtroom was able to say what Chyigoz was charged with: "They said that they arrived at the Verkhovna Rada (of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea - Ed.) in order to protect it from the Crimean Tatars. That's it."

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