The defendant was listening to the sentence announcement via video conference call from his pretrial detention center cell, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
The square at the court building is being guarded along the perimeter with people scanners installed. Police employees are on service there.
Dozens of people came to the court building in support of Chiygoz. Reporter of Krym.Realii said about 100 people have gathered there.
Akhtem Chyigoz was sentenced under part 1 article 212 of Russia's Criminal Code.
On Aug. 2, 2016 Russian-controlled Supreme Court of Crimea started to consider materially "the case of Feb. 26" against Akhtem Chiygoz. Earlier, on July 20, 2016, during hearing in camera, the court divided "the case of Feb. 26" into two separate cases: one against Akhtem Chiygoz and another against the rest of the defendants.
After Crimea was occupied by Russia, Kremlin puppets started trials against Crimean Tatar activists who participated in protests in support of Ukraine's territorial integrity. The events took place on Feb. 26, 2014. According to occupant authorities, two protesters were killed in a stampede, 79 people received injuries. Those detained in connection with the case - Akhtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov, and Mustafa Degermendzhy - were named political prisoners by Russian Memorial human rights center.
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