Crimean Tatars: Former Mejlis Deputy Chairman Faces Psychiatric Testing for Speaking Out against Illegal Annexation
A so-called district "court" in Simferopol has ruled that the former deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Ilmi Umerov, must be placed in a psychiatric clinic for examination.
Umerov was charged with separatism in May this year , after speaking out against the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Below is an article published by: Radio Free Europe
A court in Russia-annexed Crimea has ruled that a noted Crimean Tatar activist, Ilmi Umerov, must be placed in a psychiatric clinic for examination.
The Kyiv District Court in Simferopol on August 11  approved the motion by investigators. Umerov's lawyer, Nikolai Polozov, said that the court's ruling will be appealed.
Umerov, 59, former deputy chairman of Crimean Tatars' self-governing body -- the Mejlis -- was charged with separatism in May after he made public statements against the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea by Russia.
Umerov was allowed to stay home during investigations into his case.
The Moscow-based Memorial human rights center has called the case against Umerov "illegal and politically motivated."
The majority of Crimea's indigenous people, Crimean Tatars, opposed the peninsula’s annexation by Moscow in March 2014.
Below is article published by: Crimea SOS
Kyiv district "court" of Simferopol appointed for the deputy chairman of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov judicial psychiatric examination in a hospital. The first deputy chairman of the Mejlis Nariman Dzhelialov writes about it.
During the trial Ilmi Umerov got sick, an ambulance took him to the hospital. The judge asked eveybody to leave the courtroom and, according to the lawyer of Umerov Mykola Polozov, she went away without debate stage for making desicion.
In the "court" Ilmi Umer sent statement of refusal, adressed to the FSB investigator, to voluntarily undergo forensic psychiatric examination, considering it an attempt to discredit the personality and the humiliation of business reputation.
Let's remind, on May 12th criminal case was initiated on "extremism" article against Ilmi Umerov. The deputy head of the Mejlis was released on his own recognizance and signed a pledge of secrecy of the case files.