Russian Court Sentences Crimean Tatars to Prison

The lengthy prison sentences appear to be politically motivated


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A court in Russian city of Rostov-on-Don found guilty the defendants in the first Simferopol “Hizb ut-Tahrir” case in organizing or participating in the activities of a terrorist organization.

As Radio Liberty’s Crimea.Realities project reports, Teymur Abdullayev was sentenced to 17 years in maximum security penal colony, Uzeyir Abdullayev – to 13 years, Rustem Ismaiylov – to 14 years, Aider Saledinov and Emil Dzhemadenov – to 12 years.

On October 12, 2016, Russian security officers conducted searches in the houses of five families in Crimea. As a result, five Crimean Tatars were detained on charges of participation in the Hizb ut-Tahrir religious organization banned in Russia and occupied Crimea.

On December 6, 2018, the detainees were transferred to a remand prison in Rostov-on-Don.

Source Ukrinform
date 18.06.2019
categories Crimea
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