The leader of the Crimean Tatar nation Mustafa Dzhemilev intends to plead with the European Human Rights court should the occupational government of Crimea fail to free him from jail.

Dzhemilev stated this at a press conference in Dnipropetrovsk when answering the journalists’ questions, reports censor.NET citing UNIAN. 

According to him, the Ukrainian appeal court has made the decision that Dzhemilev’s son committed murder of his compatriot “by accident.” According to Dzhemilev, in light of this decision his son may be freed. “The occupational government of Crimea wants to have a trigger of influence on me and is holding my son behind bars in Crimea. But there will be no leeway. Should the occupational government fail to free my son, we will achieve this through the European Human Rights Court.”

According to Dzhemilev, the attempts to pressure him using his son was made in November of last year on part of “Yanukovych’s people.” Dzhemilev noted that he was offered to leave his fraction for the Party of Regions fraction. And in this case, his son’s punishment would have been softened. “I refused, and then a harsher article of the Criminal Code was used against my son, which the lawyers were unable to comment on,” noted Dzhemilev.

As has been reported earlier, 32-year-old Haiser Dzhemilev was detained on May 27th on the murder scene – in the yard of his home in Bakhchisaray. 44-year-old Crimean Fevzi Edemov, a builder who helped the family of the Mejlis leader, died from a shot to the head. The police drew up criminal charges on part 1 of article 115 of the Criminal Code (intentional murder). The Mejlis stated that this was accidental murder.

The Kyiv District Court of Simferopol chose to keep him under guard. The suspect was placed into a psychiatric hospital in Simferopol in June for court-psychiatric expertise, and then sent back to the isolator. The medics were unable to determine the degree of Hayser Dzhemilev’s sanity. The appeal court of Crimea made the decision to send him to Kyiv for expertise.


Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina

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