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Russian Supreme Court Cuts Prison Term For Dzhemilev's Son

Russia's Supreme Court has cut the prison term for the son of leading Crimean Tatar figure Mustafa Dzhemilev.

Khaiser Dzhemilev was arrested in May 2013 by Ukrainian authorities in connection with the shooting death of a friend. He said he shot his friend by accident.

After Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the Moscow-backed authorities took over the case and transferred him to the Krasnodar region in southern Russia.

A Krasnodar court on June 2 sentenced Dzhemilev to five years in jail for inflicting death by negligence, stealing, and possessing a firearm and sentenced him.

On September 2, the Supreme Court reduced the prison term to 3 1/2 years.

His 71-year-old father, Mustafa Dzhemilev, who strongly protested Crimea's annexation and is currently living in Kyiv, has claimed Russia was holding his son hostage.

He is a member of Ukraine's parliament and a well-known Soviet-era human rights activist.