Russian Court Sentences Crimean Tatar Activist to 17 Years
Enver Seytosmanov is a defendant in the case of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami organization, which is outlawed in Russia
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Crimean Tatar activist Enver Seytosmanov was sentenced by the Southern Military Court of the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don to 17 years in a penal colony and one year in custody today (Dec. 5).
“Enver Kiazymovych Seytosmanov shall be found guilty of managing the work of an organization that, under Russian laws, is recognized as a terrorist one, i.e. a crime under Part 1 of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, on the basis of which he shall be sentenced to 17 years in a penal colony with a one year in custody,” the Crimean Solidarity human rights group stated .
Seytosmanov is a defendant in the case of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami organization, which is outlawed in Russia. The organization is legal in many countries, including in Ukraine.
According to lawyers who work with this category of cases, no evidence of guilt and involvement of the defendants in terrorist acts or violence was presented during the investigation. Meanwhile, Crimean Tatars are accused and sentenced to various terms in penal colonies only on the basis that they have attended religious meetings and read religious literature, or discussed social and political topics.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is demanding that Russia release Seytosmanov.
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