"Our nationality is Crimean Tatars, our religion and culture are Islam, and our citizenship is Ukraine. Is this proof of my guilt?", Shikhametov

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Muarrir
09 September 2022, 16:03
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Muarrir
09 September 2022, 16:03

Crimean Tatars do not hide that they are citizens of Ukraine and practice Islam. Yashar Shikhametov, a 52-year-old Crimean Tatar, wrote about this in a debate in which he was unable to speak. The quote was published by human rights activist Muminie Saliyeva on Facebook.

"Did we have a choice in 2014? I will tell you that all this is true: our nationality is Crimean Tatars, our religion and culture is Islam, our citizenship is Ukraine. Is this proof of my guilt? We don't hide, we don't hide it, but we declare it directly and everywhere. Is this a crime?", said the political prisoner.

He emphasized that FSB investigators fabricate cases and mock people.

Saliyeva said that at yesterday's court session, the political prisoner complained of feeling unwell. At the court's offer to speak in the debate, Shikhametov insisted on the need for a break. The court rejected the request for a break. Judge Oleksiy Magomadov regarded Shikhametov's inability to participate in the debate as a voluntary refusal to testify, despite the fact that the defendant had prepared 21 pages for the hearing. He also refused to postpone the hearing to the lawyer Oleksiy Ladin.