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Another hearing over "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case is currently held in the Court of Appeal. Four Crimean Tatars - Emir Usein Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov and Muslim Aliyev suspected of "terrorism" have not been brought to the court.

The hearing by the Court of Appeal had hardly started when the police surrounded the building and traditionally started searching people who came to the court.

- Today the Court hears an appeal against the decision to extend the detention term of Emir Usein Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov and Muslim Aliyev. Near the courthouse - metal fence and men in uniform. At the court entrance the bags are searched with a flashlight. Of course, the hearing is expected to be held by videoconference that means we won’t be able to see the defendants, "Crimean solidarity" reported on Facebook.

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 engage in any extremist organization and are going to Syria.

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

The detainees- Enver Bekirov, 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.

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