On June 1, the North Caucasus District Military Court in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don is to hear a case of four Crimean Tatars charged with terrorism and membership in the Hizb-ut-Tahrir, an organization recognized as a terrorist one in the Russian Federation, TASS Russian news agency quotes Alain Katkalo, a spokesperson for the court in Rostov, as saying.
“Following a preliminary hearing of the criminal case against Zeytullaev and others, the judge decided that the hearing is to be held in the building of the North Caucasus District Military Court on June 1, 2016. The hearing is to commence at 10 am Moscow time,” Katkalo said.
It says nothing in Katakalo’s comment about whether Ferat Sayfullaev, Rustem Vaitov and Nuri Primov, three other Crimean Tatars charged with terrorism under the trumped-up Hizb ut-Tahrir case, will be brought to the courtroom.
Just a reminder: it was a military court in Rostov that tried and convicted Oleg Sentsov, a Crimean film-maker, of terrorism, sentencing him to 20 years in prison.
Arrested on January 23, 2015, Ruslan Zeytullaev was charged with terrorism – a crime prescribed in Section 2 of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code (‘participation in the activities of an organization recognized as a terrorist one according to Russian law’) - under the trumped-up Hizb ut-Tahrir case.
Zeytullaev and three other Crimean Tatars - Ferat Sayfullaev, Rustem Vaitov and Nuri Primov - are charged with leadership of and membership in ‘an international terrorist organization’ respectively.