About this public association “Crimean Solidarity” said Nazim Sheikhmambetov.
As noted, the department of the Ministry of Justice of the Chechen Republic demanded that the chamber of lawyers “Nizam” terminate the legal status of Nazim Sheikhmambetov, Rustem Kyalev and Lily Gemedzhi, who were members of it until last year. The council of the chamber made a decision not in favor of the Crimean lawyers. Without lawyer status, they will not be able to defend their clients in criminal cases, represent them in courts and during preliminary investigations.
“The decision was made on the basis of a submission from the Office of the Ministry of Justice for the Chechen Republic to the Chamber of Advocates of Chechnya, of which we were lawyers. It turns out that the Ministry of Justice demanded that we stop our professional statuses,” Sheikhmambetov said.
He noted that the termination of the status turned out to be a surprise for him and his colleagues, since they were not notified about it and did not have the opportunity to properly prepare and express their objections. “The law allows us to continue working. The only thing is that there are restrictions regarding criminal cases. But we are not in the mood to stop protecting people in Crimea,” Sheikhmambetov said.
Lawyers are already preparing complaints that they can send to the court and the Federal Chamber.
“It is unprecedented when three lawyers are simultaneously deprived of their status. For 8 years of lawyer work, including our colleagues in Crimea, this has not happened,” Sheikhmambetov said, adding that he connects this with political persecution by law enforcement agencies.
For a long time, lawyers tried to transfer from the Chechen Chamber of Lawyers to the Crimean Chamber, but the decision was constantly delayed. The delay in the decision of the Council of the Crimean Chamber of Advocates, among other things, influenced the deprivation of lawyers of their professional status.
As Crimean Solidarity notes, pressure on lawyers in Crimea dealing with cases with political resonance has been practiced for more than a year. For the first time, employees of the Center for Combating Extremism conducted searches in the office of Crimean lawyers, as well as in the apartment of defense lawyer Emil Kurbedinov back in 2016-2018.
- On May 26, in Simferopol, employees of the “Center for Combating Extremism” Crimean lawyer Edem Semedlyaev was detaineddefending political prisoners in the occupied Crimea. Subsequently, his lawyer Nazim Sheikhmambetov was detained. Semeedlyaev was found guilty by the “court” under Part 2 of Art. 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (public acts aimed at discrediting the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to protect the interests of Russia and its people) and gave him an administrative fine in the amount of 75 thousand rubles.
- On May 27, near the Central District Court of Simferopol, police officers detained lawyers Ayder Azamatov and Emine Avamileva, who arrived at the hearing on the “case” against lawyer Nazim Sheikhmambetov, who was detained the day before.
- May 28 “Central District Court” in Simferopol appointed 8 and 5 days administrative arrest of lawyers Ayder Azamatov and Emina Avamileva.