Yesterday, May 18, Simferopol Court held a preliminary hearing in the criminal case against four Crimean Muslims accused of terrorism. After two-hour decision-making the judge nevertheless dismissed the defense motion.
- Neither of the defense motions was satisfied. The arrest has been extended until October 2016. The next hearing is to be held in Rostov June, 1 at 10 a. m., a lawyer Emil Kurbedinov wrote on Facebook.
Ruslan Zeytullaev was detained January, 23 2015 on rigged up charges in the "case of Hizb ut-Tahrir" and accused of committing a crime under Part. 2 Sect. 205.5 of the Russia’s Criminal Code (participating in the organization that under the legislation of the Russian Federation is recognized as terrorist). Zeytullaev is misrepresented as the leader, while the others – as members of the "international terrorist organization."
Rustem Vaitov, Yuriy Primov and Ferat Sayfullaev have also been arrested on the same charges and are being held in custody so far.
According to the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, the judgment is very "scarce" and does not provide any evidence of terrorist activities of this organization. The involvement of Hizb ut-Tahrir in any terrorist activity is of fundamental importance as an object used to bring the charges.