Today, on February 14, the Supreme Court of the Crimea has left the decision, previously taken by judge of the Kyiv district court Victor Mozhelianskii, in force. The judge sanctioned interrogation of lawyer Mykola Polozov as a witness in the case of Medjlis Deputy Head Ilmi Umerov. This has been informed by the correspondent of the QirimInfo.
“For the Russian established practice in applying the law, the case [interrogation of a lawyer] is not very common. It happens sometimes but, normally, the judges manage to find the strength to stop the violation of the law at the stage of the appeals instance. We see that here [in the Crimea], there is no justice in the Supreme Court. Every illegal decision of a lower instance court, taken in favour of a concrete investigative body or under political motives is rubberstamped here [in the Supreme Court],” – the lawyer has said.
Mykola Polozov intends to appeal this decision in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, to address to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and the European Court of Human Rights.
“I will drag this case to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, I want to see what they think about the self-activity of their colleagues in the Crimea. Moreover, there are potential grounds to address to the Constitutional Court. An interrogation of a lawyer is not settled in the present procedural code. There are many deficiencies which let these local investigators do what they want,” – Polozov has clarified.
Deputy Head of Medjlis Ilmi Umerov has clarified in a comment for QirimInfo, that the defense remains potentially prepared that Mykola Polozov might quit the case.
Important to note, on January 25, six FSB officers detained Mr. Polozov near the hotel in Simferopol and took him for interrogation. The lawyer reckons this detention as kidnapping. On December 20, 2016, a criminal case against Mykola Polozov was resumed. By such actions, the investigation is trying to prevent Mr. Polozov from leading the defense in the “Ilmi Umerov” case.