The Federal Security Service of Russia has accused the detained deputy head of the Mejlis Nariman Jelała of subversive action, aggravating the accusations against him regarding the alleged blowing up of the gas pipeline. Earlier, the Crimean activist was accused of complicity, his lawyer Nikolai Polozov said.
Defense attorney Narimana Jelała also said that his client, after presenting the charges, refused to testify.
The reclassification of the act means that the deputy head of the Mejlis (Crimean Tatars’ self-government) may face a harsher sentence: from 12 to 20 years in prison, and not from 10 to 15 years, as previously reported.
Nariman Jelał was detained in early September along with four other Crimean activists. Earlier, he participated in the sessions of the Crimean Platform in Kiev, which is to remind the international community of the Russian occupation of Crimea.
Telegram from the TASS agency
On September 7, the Russian state agency TASS, citing sources in the Federal Security Service (FSB), said that the detainees “have given evidence on charges of committing diversion on the Crimean gas pipeline.” The FSB reported that “the diversion was organized by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine”.
“According to the traditional scenario of falsification by the Russian invader, on August 23, on the inauguration of the Crimean Platform summit, there was allegedly a mechanical damage to the gas pipeline in Crimea,” Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzaparova wrote on Facebook. “For some reason, he supplied gas to a military unit in Perevalny in the Simferopol region” – added the diplomat, emphasizing that the fact that the gas pipeline was damaged was not confirmed in other sources.
After Jelała and other activists were arrested, a rally was held in front of the FSB building in Simferopol. This time over 40 people were arrested. Ukrainian human rights spokeswoman Lyudmila Denisova reported that protesters were pushed onto buses and driven to various police stations on the occupied peninsula.
In a statement about the event, the US State Department demanded that Russia immediately release both Jelala and the rest of the detainees.
In an appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, Lyudmila Denisova, stressed: “The detention of the Crimean Tatars in the temporarily occupied Crimea cannot go unnoticed by international human rights institutions. I appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, asking for stop the impunity of the occupant country and facilitate the release of the illegally imprisoned citizens of Ukraine. ”
Radio Swoboda, Ukrainian Truth, tvn24.pl
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