Ukraine authorities condemn verdict against Chiygoz in occupied Crimea

15:00, 11 September 2017
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The Ukrainian authorities have commented on the Russia-controlled de-facto "supreme court" in the annexed Crimea handing down Sept. 11 a guilty verdict against Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Akhtem Chiygoz.

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"The case of Akhtem Chiygoz is another verdict of Russia, which at the highest international level – the UN – is recognized as an occupier," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

"You can illegally restrict freedom but freedom CANNOT be broken! You can occupy other people's land, but it will burn under your feet, it will burn until it is liberated," he tweeted.

In turn, Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko will raise the issue of conviction of Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Akhtem Chiygoz in the Council of Europe.

Read alsoSon of Ukrainian officer who went missing in Belarus held in custody in Russia’s Krasnodar"The verdict of the occupiers against Chiygoz and the issue of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and Crimea will be among those in the focus of Pavlo Petrenko's meetings in the Council of Europe," Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

The sources in the Ministry of Justice told UNIAN that Mr Petrenko was paying a one-day visit to Strasbourg on Monday.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Supreme Court of Russian-annexed Crimea on Monday sentenced Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years in a high-security prison.

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