“Court” in Crimea Rejected Appeal to Dilyaver Gafarov

October 17, 2019

The Supreme “court” of the occupied Crimea rejected the appeal of Dilyaver Gafarov, who is accused of participating in an illegal armed group. The “court” ruled to maintain the initial verdict – 10 years in a maximum-security penal colony. This is reported by the “Crimean process” organization.

"At the court hearing, his lawyer, Aleksandr Muzyka voiced the main arguments of the complaint: the crime scene was not established; inconsistencies in witnesses’ testimonies and the laptop seized during the search; the verdict itself is unreasonably harsh since Gafarov did not voice any political hostility," the report said.

Nevertheless, the prosecutor Novoselchuk objected to the complaint, stating that the court decision was justified, all the evidence was verified and lawful, without however providing a single argument to support his thesis.

Previously, on October 30, Russian security forces conducted a search in the house of Dilyaver Gafarov in the village of Zhemchuzhina, Crimea, Kirov district. The security forces searched for weapons but did not find any. After the search, Dilyaver was supposedly taken to the Simferopol jail. He was subsequently detained on suspicion of a crime committed under Part 2 of Article 208 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation "Participation in an illegal armed formation and participation in an illegal armed formation on the territory of a foreign state, for purposes contrary to the interests of the Russian Federation". On August 28, the Kirov district “court” of Crimea (“judge” Ihor Degtyarev) sentenced Dilyaver Gafarov to 10 years in prison.