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Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the persecution of the Crimean Tatars and the verdict to the “Vedzhiye Kashka case” defendants

April 18, 2019 17:30 0 253
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemned the verdict of the occupational “court” of Crimea to the defendants of the “affairs of the Vedzhiye Kashka” to Bekir Degermendzhi, Ruslan Trubach, Asan Chapukh and Kazim Ametov.

This is stated on the official website of the department.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its resolute protest over the illegal decision of the Russian occupying “court” in Simferopol city to sentence citizens of Ukraine Ruslan Trubach, Bekir Dehermendzhy and Kiazym Ametov to 3 years, and Asan Chapukh to 3.5 years of suspended sentence as a result of fabricated case on money extortion,” the report says.

In addition, the Foreign Ministry condemned the persecution of Crimean Tatars on religious grounds and accusing them of participating in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization.

“The MFA also condemns new punitive actions of the Russian occupants under the guise of investigation of the so-called “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”. In such a way, on 17 April 2019 the Crimean Tatar activist Raim Aivazov was detained on the “Kalanchak” checkpoint of entry-exit. We demand the immediate release of R.Aivazov and other Crimean Tatars, who are kept in Russian prisons under the “Hizb ut-Tahrir” fabricated case", the report says.

Recall, on April 17, the de facto court in Crimea sentenced Bekir Degermendzhi, Ruslan Trubach, Asan Chapukh, and Kyazim Ametov, figurants of the so-called Vedzhie Kashka case. So, according to the de facto Kyiv district court of Simferopol decision, Kyazim Ametov, Bekir Degermendzhi, Ruslan Trubach were sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment with a probation period of 3 years. Asan Chapukh, who was convicted not only of extortion, but also of 3 Kalashnikov rifles' and ammunition' posession, was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months of probation with a trial period of 3 years. The verdict also states that the "court" cannot take into account arguments of the defense, and the fact that weapons and ammunition were thrown into Chapukh’s house has not been proven.

On April 17, at 12 AM, Raim Ayvazov, from Kamyanka microdistrict of Simferopol, was detained at the Kalanchak checkpoint. Later he was taken to the FSB office in Simferopol. He is charged under Part 2 of Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (participation in the activities of an organization that, in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, is recognized as terrorist). This threatens him with imprisonment from 10 to 20 years, or a fine of up to 500 thousand rubles. He is brought into the “criminal case”, in which 23 Crimean Tartars were previously detained on March 27, 2019.

 

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