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Occupation court in Crimea arrests human rights activist Cepparov for 12 days

26.04.2023, 20:58
Photo: Krym.Realii
Photo: Krym.Realii

The occupiers' Bilohirsky District Court in Crimea arrested the previously detained Crimean Tatar human rights activist Abdureşit Cepparov for 12 days for "disobeying the police," the RFE/RL project "Krym.Realii" reports, citing the "Crimean Solidarity".

Cepparov was arrested under Article 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (disobeying the legal order or requirement by an employee of an internal affairs body).

The Ukrainian publication "Graty" writes that the reports of Cepparov's arrest came after lawyer Edem Semedlyaev visited him at the detention center of the Simferopol district police department.

The Russian-backed Bilohirsky district court made the decision back on April 25, when Сepparov was taken away by the police after a search of his house. His relatives and lawyers tried to find him all day. It turned out that Cepparov was at the FSB office in Simferopol, and then at a police station, where an administrative case was drawn up against him for allegedly resisting the confiscation of a computer during the search. Cepparov denied this in court.

Сhepparov's house was searched around 7 am on Tuesday.

According to a "Krym.Realii" report for Radio Liberty, Russian security forces have already searched the activist's house on March 16, 2023. At that time, no lawyer was allowed to see Cepparov. After the search, the Russian security forces took the man to the local police department. Later, the Russian-controlled Biloghirsk District Court arrested him for 15 days, accusing him of "promoting Nazi paraphernalia or symbols" on social media. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the representative office of the President of Ukraine in Crimea called for Abdureşit Cepparov's release. On March 31, he was released after 15 days of administrative arrest.

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