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The persecution of Dzhemilev by the Russian authorities is an inadequate response to his political position - Polozov

10 July 2020

On Thursday, July 9, a so-called preliminary court session on the so-called case against Mustafa Dzhemilev was held in the so-called Armyansk City Court. Lawyer Nikolai Polozov made six motions, including a motion to dismiss the so-called case, since the persecution of Mustafa Dzhemilev by the Russian authorities is clearly an inadequate reaction to his political position. The defender shared this via his page on Facebook.

Polozov said that he filed six motions: on the exclusion of the case file in Ukrainian; on the exclusion of case materials that were collected before the occupation of Crimea; petition for the collection of evidence, instruments of crime in the case of storage and negligent handling of weapons; a petition to exclude unacceptable evidence, namely a map of Crimea indicating the borders of the Russian Federation; a petition for the request of an FSB document prohibiting Mustafa Dzhemilev from entering Crimea; motion to dismiss.

The court granted only one request for the demand for evidence, in particular the FSB document, on the basis of which Mustafa Dzhemilev was denied entry into the Russian Federation. It was decided to send a request to the FSB to obtain this document.

“According to the defense, the statute of limitations for criminal liability has expired on at least two charges. ... The case itself is uniquely politically motivated, and the persecution of Mustafa Dzhemilev by the Russian authorities is clearly an inadequate reaction to his political position”,- the lawyer said.

Mustafa Dzhemilev is charged under Part 3 of Article 322 of the Criminal Code of Russia – “Illegal Crossing of the State Border of Russia”, under Part 1 of Articel 222 – “Illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of weapons, their main parts, ammunition” and under Article 224 – “Careless storage of firearms, creating conditions for its use by another person, if this entailed the death of a person or other serious consequences.”