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Crimean ‘Court’ Passed Sentence On Mustafa Dzhemiliev In Absentia

After 57 court sessions “Armiansk Town Court’ passed a sentence in absentia on Mr.Mustafa Dzhemiliev, a Crimean Tatar people leader.

Pursuant to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (hereinafter RF CC) Article 222-1 (illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage of the weapon) “judge” Venera Isroilova sentenced to 1 year of confinement and a RUR15,000 thousand fine. But Mr.Dzhemiliev was acquitted “due to the lapse of the statute of limitations.”

Pursuant to RF CC Article 224 (negligent storage of firearms), the court imposed a RUR20,000 but acquitted Mr.Dzhemiliev “due to the lapse of the statute of limitations.”

Pursuant to RF CC Article 322-4 (illegal crossing of the state border of Russia) Dzhemiliev was sentenced in absentia to 2 years of confinement and released “under the amnesty declared due to the 70th anniversary of the victory.”

According to lawyer Mykola Polozov, the defense has repeatedly pointed out that in fact the case on all charges collapsed at the court investigation stage.

“It was confirmed in the sentence. The court refused to satisfy the prosecutor’s claims. It is important to understand that judicial statistics is a very meticulous matter, and judges are punished for acquittals. Therefore, the most common situation is that, in the absence of proven guilt, the courts pass convictions, releasing at once a defendant from punishment. Thus, Mustafa Dzhemiliev was found guilty, but released from punishment on non-rehabilitative grounds,” Mykola Polozov said.

Mr.Polozov mentioned that since in the debate the defense demanded the full acquittal of Mustafa Dzhemiliev on all charges, the “sentence” would be appealed.

To remind: in 2020 in the occupied Crimea Mustafa Dzhemiliev was accused of ‘crossing the Russian state border by a foreign citizen who is not allowed to enter Russia, supported by a group of persons by prior conspiracy (RF CC Article 322-3); of negligent storage of firearms, that created the conditions for using them by another person, if it caused serious consequences (RF CC Article 224); of illegal acquisition and storage of ammunition (RF CC 222-1)”.

The Crimean Human Rights Group considers the case against Mustafa Dzhemiliev, a Crimean Tatar People leader, to be politically reasoned.

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