Wednesday, September 7 2016 13:00 EEST
Crimean Tatar leader Umerov released from a psychiatric hospital in Simferopol
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Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimea Tatar People Ilmi Umerov has been released from a psychiatric hospital in the Russian-occupied city of Simferopol, Crimea, according to his lawyer.

'I've arrived in Crimea. Umerov has just been released from a psychiatric ward in Simferopol,' lawyer Mark Feygin tweeted on Wednesday, according to Unian.

'The release of Ilmi Umerov is only part of that important mission set by the defense. Now we need to press for the dismissal of charges brought against Ilmi under Article 280.1,' he wrote.

FSB Russian Federal Security Service, in May 2016, initiated a criminal case against Umerov on charges of separatism. Kremlin-controlled Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya said Umerov had called for violating Russia's territorial integrity on Ukrainian TV channel ATR.

Umerov was detained on May 12. Despite his ill health, Simferopol's Russia-controlled Kyivsky district court ordered his forensic psychiatric examination. The tests began on August 18.

As reported earlier by, Poroshenko called forced detention of Ilmi Umerov in mental asylum a return to Stalin era.

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