Abdureshyt Dzhepparov Arrested for 15 Days

The “Belogorsk District Court” sentenced Abdureshyt Dzhepparov, a human rights defender, to a 15-day’s administrative arrest for a post on the Internet dated 2019.

According to activist Lutfiye Zudiyeva, the veteran of the Crimean Tatar movement is charged with the RF CoAO Article 20.3-1, “Propaganda or public display of Nazi paraphernalia or symbols, or paraphernalia or symbols of extremist organizations, or other paraphernalia or symbols, the propaganda or public display of which is prohibited by federal laws.”

According to the CRIMEAN SOLIDARITY, the reason for the arrest was a video posted on Dzhepparov’s Facebook page in 2019. The record presents a comparison of the Soviet march with the Nazi German one.

“He explained to the court that he did post this video on his page, but the goal was not to demonstrate Nazi symbols, but to state that the authors of the song were propagandists,” lawyer Emine Avamileva conveyed the words of the activist, adding that she would appeal the judgement.

In addition, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov said that Fevzi Yakubov and Mukhammed Ali Dzhepparov, detained at the house of Abdureshyt Dzhepparov, were in the Belogorsk District police department.

The policemen refuse to allow him to act as a defense lawyer, who acts in agreement with the relatives of the detainees.

“They don’t let me through, because E Center staff do not allow the district police to do this. This is an obvious abuse of official powers by the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs,” Mr.Kurbedinov says.

We will remind that on March 16, in the morning, the house of the Crimean Tatar activist Abdureshyt Dzhepparov in Belogorsk was searched by f the Center for Combating Extremism men. The search was led by Ruslan Shambazov, the head of the E Center Department.

The Ukrainian human rights community considers the detention of Abdureshyt Dzhepparov as part of a consistent and large-scale persecution of Crimean human rights defenders, activists and leaders of the Crimean Tatar people by the Russian occupation authorities, that may be defined as crimes against humanity (Article 7(1)(h) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court).

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