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Russian security forces organise mass detentions of Crimean Tatars in Simferopol

People came to support Nariman Dzhelyal, the first deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and activists Akhtemovs. 

Russian security forces organise mass detentions of Crimean Tatars in Simferopol

Russian security forces organized mass detentions of Crimean Tatars near the building of the so-called "Supreme Court" in Simferopol, reports the ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets.

According to him, people came to support Nariman Dzhelal and activists Asan and Aziz Akhtemovs — they are being illegally tried in the fabricated "case of saboteurs".

The appeal is being considered in the Third Court of Appeal of the General Jurisdiction of Sochi, and an open court session was to be held in Simferopol via video link. However, journalists with press cards were not allowed into the courtroom.

"Among the detainees are relatives of Nariman Dzhelal and the Akhtemov brothers, journalists, human rights defenders and persons with disabilities. Overall, 14 people including three women were sent to the Railway District Police Department to draw up administrative reports," Lubinets said.

He added that according to lawyer Edem Semedlyayev, five people were left in the station, fingerprints and DNA samples were taken from others, they were photographed, warnings were issued and they were released.

On 21 September 2022, Nariman Dzhelal was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment with serving the term in a high-security prison. He must also pay a fine of 700,000 rubles.

Meanwhile, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea conducts procedural management in 127 criminal proceedings on the facts of illegal deprivation of liberty of people for their pro-Ukrainian position, as well as in one case — on the fact of improper provision of medical care to Ukrainian political prisoners.

Earlier in Crimea the Russians fined the Crimean Tatars because of the national flags — on the eve of the Crimean Tatar Flag Day in the Biloghir district the Russian police stopped a convoy of cars under the Crimean Tatar flags. 

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