Türkiye concerned over sentencing 5 Crimean Tatars to 13 years in jail

(MENAFN) The Turkish Foreign Ministry uttered worries Wednesday over the sentencing of five Crimean Tatars to 13 years in jail.

"We are concerned that our Crimean Tatar kinsmen Dzhemil Gafarov, Servet Gaziev, Erfan Osmanov, Alim Karimov, and Seyran Murtaza were sentenced to 13 years in prison with a decision taken today," in line with a declaration issued by the ministry.

It repeated Türkiye's support for "the Crimean Tatars' right to live freely and safely in their homeland."

It added that Ankara anticipates "necessary steps to be taken as soon as possible for the freedom of all our compatriots imprisoned in Crimea for political reasons, including the aforementioned ones, and Nariman Dzhelyal, Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar National Assembly, our other Crimean Tatar kinsmen Asan Akhtemov and Aziz Akhtemov.”

Russian troops crossed the Crimean Peninsula in February 2014. President Vladimir Putin officially divided the district into two different federal subjects of the Russian Federation the next month.


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