Dzhemilev arrested in absentia in occupied Crimea

10:30, 21 January 2016
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The court of the Russian-occupied city of Simferopol has ruled to arrest in absentia the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, his lawyer Dzhemil Temishev wrote on Facebook.

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"The investigator and the prosecutor, justifying their request, said that a criminal case had been initiated against Dzhemilev under three articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and he was hiding from the investigation and trial, able to put pressure on witnesses, destroy evidence," Temoshev said.

The prosecutors also noted that Dzhemilev was a "citizen of another state," and did not have permanent residence in Crimea, according to Temishev.

Read alsoRussia deploys nuclear weapons in occupied Crimea: DzhemilevDzhemilev was put on the federal wanted list, the lawyer said.

In addition, the court granted the investigator's petition and chose arrest in absentia as a measure of restraint.

Read alsoRussian FSB tortures Crimean Tatar, trying to recruit him – DzhemilevAs UNIAN reported earlier, Crimea-based Federal Security Service (FSB) officials summoned in November Safinar Dzhemileva, the wife of the Crimean Tatars' leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, for questioning. The summons was sent due to the damaged power transfer pylons in Kherson region.

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