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Contributor for “Crimean Solidarity” and grani.ru on trial

18.12.2020, 15:28
Photo credit: Crimean Solidarity
Photo credit: Crimean Solidarity

The Russian-controlled Nizhnehorsky District Court of the occupied Crimea began a preliminary hearing on December 17 in a criminal case against contributor to “Crimean Solidarity”  and Grani.ru Ayder Kadyrov, who was accused of "failure to report a crime," as Krym.Realii reported.

The meeting was held behind closed doors due to lockdown measures established in courtrooms.

"The court read me my rights. The presiding judge then said that a motion had been filed by lawyer Lily Gemedzhi requesting the hearing to be adjourned, as she was to attend sittings in another trial. The petition was approved, the prosecution and I, accordingly, did not object, "Kadyrov told “Crimean Solidarity”.

The accused pleaded not guilty and claimed that he considered this criminal case to be politically motivated.

"I believe that this case is fabricated, I do not admit my guilt. We are to prove it at bar, "Kadyrov added.

The next court hearing will take place on December 29 at 2 p.m.

More than 40 people gathered near the court building to support the Crimean Tatar. 

As IMI reported, on August 31, 2020 in the Crimea, in the town of Nizhnyhorske, Russian security forces searched dwelling and then detained the correspondent with the "Crimean Solidarity" and the online newspaper "Grani.ru" Ayder Kadyrov.

On the night of September 1, Ayder Kadyrov was released on bail. Russia's FSB charged him with Art. 205.6 (failure to report a crime) of the Criminal Code. According to FSB investigator Valery Sherstyuk, Kadyrov, along with other detained Crimean Tatars, did not talk about correspondence in 2015 with Umidjon Dadajonov, who, according to the Russian occupiers, fought on the side of the terrorist organization ISIS.

September 28, 2020 the Kyiv District Court of Simferopol dismissed complaint against investigator activity regarding the citizen journalist Ayder Kadyrov , since the judge did not find “violation in the investigator’s actions”. The complaint was filed by the lawyer defending the journalist Oleksiy Ladin.

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