Defendants in ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir case’ handed out questionnaire

The defendants were asked whether they want to take a course on Islam.

15 April 2016 12:46

Yesterday, the defendants in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir case," who are being held in Simferopol prison, were handed out the questionnaires with absurd questions, a source in Crimea told QHA.

The Muslim inmates were asked whether they want to take a course on Islam that will be taught by the teachers of the Crimean Muftiyat subject to the occupation authorities.

Earlier, the arrested complained of inhumane conditions in the detention center, as well as the presence of pork in the diet and the inability to carry out a collective Friday prayer.

In early 2015, the defendants of the so-called case of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" were detained by the FSB "on suspicion of creation and participation in a terrorist group" and charged under Part 2 Section 205.5 of the Russia’s Criminal Code (participation in the activities of the organization, which is recognized as a terrorist group under the legislation of the Russian Federation).

February, 11 a wave of searches swept the Crimean Tatars’ houses in order to discredit them as "terrorists." Often the security forces acted aggressively – broke windows and forcibly took away people.

During the interrogation, the detainees were asked whether they or their friends are terrorists, whether they have ties with any extremist organization and whether they are going to Syria.

Eight of twelve detainees have already been released, while Emir Usein Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov and Muslim Aliyev are still being held in custody.

On February, 12 Kiev District Court in the city of Simferopol ruled to detain the defendants for two months - until April 8.

All the arrested- Anvar Bakirov, Emir Usein Kuku, Vadim Siruk and Muslim Aliev are socially active citizens. In particular, prior to being arrested Emir Usein Kuku was engaged in human rights activities and recorded human rights violations in Crimea.

Sevastopol Court extended the detention period of Ferat Sayfullaev and Rustem Vaitov who have been charged by the occupation authorities with involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is recognized a terrorist group in Russia.

By the court's decision, they are to be held in custody for 2 months, until May, 23.