Security officers of occupied Crimea prevent lawyer of detained Crimean Tatars from visiting his clients

The security officers of the occupied Crimea Three were holding the Crimean Tatars during May 26.

First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Nariman Dzhelialov posted this on his Facebook page

"Timur Osmanov, Hayser Khalilov and Artur Khaltan have been deprived of the possibility to communicate with their lawyers since 7 a.m. They are still held in the centre for counteraction against extremism," he posted.

"The detainees have not eaten anything for the whole day. Any attempts to talk with the staff failed - they either say they do not know anything or just keep silence. Nobody knows whether they are interrogated or put under pressure," Dzhelialov wrote.

According to him, the searches at homes and shops of entrepreneurs were conducted within the framework of the fight against illegal migrants.

"Allegedly, illegal migrants could work for Timur Osmanov, Haysera Khalilov and Artur Khaltan who run a common business," he wrote, adding that the businessmen face serious fines in this administrative case.

"Such searches can be conducted in food outlets and hotels," he added.

Timur Osmanov, Haysera Khalilov and Artur Khaltan are friends and partners.

According to media reports, the men were released around 2 am on May 27.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry demands that Russia stop the persecution of the Crimean Tatars.

"The conveyor of political repression in the occupied Crimea. We demand that the Russian Federation stop the persecution of the Crimean Tatars - indigenous people of Crimea," Ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betsa tweeted.

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