Lawyer Nikolai Polozov, a well-known defense of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot and the Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko, detained in the Crimea by the FSB to conduct coercive interrogation in the case of a member banned in Russia Association “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people,” Ilmi Umerov, accused of extremism. This was reported in his Twitter lawyer mark Feigin with reference to the Crimean lawyer Emile Kubedinova.
Feigin added that Polozova was taken to the FSB for questioning in the case of his client Umerov. According to Feigin, Polozov want “forced to deliver in the local FSB and interrogated as a witness.” “The result is a need to bring Polozova from the case as a witness, he cannot be the lawyer of the accused,” explained the lawyer Feigin TASS.
According to counsel, runners will refuse to testify, taking advantage of article 51 of the Constitution (“no One is obliged to testify against himself”), and after interrogation will be released. “I think Polozova try to question he will refuse under article 51 and let him go. But the goal will be achieved – it can’t be a defender Umerov”, – Feygin wrote on Twitter.
Journalist Anton NumLock announced on his page in Facebookthat runners previously played at PACE on the issue of pressure on lawyers in the Crimea, and today arrived in Simferopol, where he was detained on arrival at the hotel on the street Serov.
The Chairman of the Central election Commission of the Kurultay of the Crimean Tatar people Zahir Smartly confirmed RBCthat Polozova taken to the FSB on the Boulevard of Franco in Simferopol, but he was given to call to tell where he was.
He Smartly had on Wednesday to meet with his lawyer at the courthouse, which today will continue the trial of Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chigusa, who was detained in Simferopol in January 2015 for participating in a rally in support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity in front of the Republican Parliament on 26 February 2014, when supporters and opponents of joining Russia scuffle.
“Polozov said is wanted for questioning as a witness in the case, Ilmi Umerov, be forced to disclose attorney-client privilege and thus withdraw from the case, because the runners now protects Umerov,” confirmed Smartly.
Later in the FSB, the lawyer came Eden Semelai to assist Polozov. “The officer told that the investigator Violin, which was supposed to conduct the interrogation, left, and Polozova in the building it will not search. In fact, the lawyer can not get to his client,” – said Anton NumLock.
This happened after two unsuccessful attempts to hand over the agenda on interrogation on the case Chiygoza. Runners twice refused calls – December 15 and January 15. 16 Jan Polozov published in the Facebook post, which said that it can “kidnap” of the FSB to withdraw from the case, and the investigator warned him about the “drive for interrogation.”
Umer was charged under article 280.1 of the criminal code – “Making public appeals and actions aimed at changing the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation”. According to investigators, in March 2016, in the territory of Ukraine, he participated in a live broadcast of the Ukrainian TV channel ATR with calls about the need of violation of the territorial integrity of Russia. Then the performance Umerov was posted online and became the basis for excitation of criminal case.
At different times Umerov held the posts of head of the Bakhchisaray district administration, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Deputy head of the Majlis.
A case of extremism against Umerov was initiated in may 2016, 18 Aug Umerov forcibly transferred from the cardiology Department of one of hospitals of Simferopol in a psychiatric hospital in the same city for forced treatment, but then, with the assistance of the Ukrainian authorities and the international community in September was released.
13 December 2016 Kyiv court of Simferopol gave the investigators consent to the questioning of lawyer Nicholas Polozova as a witness in his criminal case.