During the court hearing Chiygoz expressed his distrust in the Prosecutor
Today in the Supreme Court of Crimea Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of Mejlis, announced the withdrawal of the prosecuting official Anastasia Supryaz for “blatantly biased approach and unwillingness to see the obvious”.
As reported by the correspondent of the Human Rights Information Centre in Crimea, this happened after the photo, in which supporters of the pro-Russian rally ripped the flag of Crimean Tatars from the hands of pro-Ukrainian participant of the rally in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, was presented in the court. Prosecutor said that she does not see anything of significance on the picture and especially does not see that the pro-Russian participants are using force, provoking their opponents.
Afterwards, Ahtem Chiygoz announced the withdrawal, noting that he struggled with this intention after the last court hearing.
He was supported by his lawyer, Oleksandr Lisovuy, who noted that the prosecutor constantly backs the position of the charges not with facts, but with assumptions.
The second lawyer, Mykola Polozov, suggested that the prosecutor is guided by the chauvinistic motives and expects a promotion, therefore displays biased approach.
After a brief advisement, judicial panel refused to satisfy the withdrawal of the prosecutor.
As a reminder, Ahtem Chiygoz was detained in January 2015 for participating in a rally in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine in front of the Crimean parliament on February 26, 2014. Then protestors opposed the pro-Russian activists, including those from the Russian Unity. Russian de facto authorities of the annexed Crimea accused Chiygoz of organizing mass riots.
Russian court is considering “Chiygoz case” as part of “February 26 case”, which on July 20, during a closed court hearing was divided into two different cases: a separate case on Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz and separate case of other defendants – Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi.