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Two defendants in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case Arsen Dzhepparov and Refat Alimov were kept in the cell during the "court" meeting the in Russian-occupied Crimea, which is a direct violation of the rights of prisoners, lawyer Eden Semedlyaev reported on Facebook.

Despite the defense motion, the "court" extended the arrest for the Crimean Tatars, accused under articles 205 and 278 of the RF Criminal Code (extremism and violent seizure of power) for two more months, that is, until April 2017. The defense plans to draft an appeal against this decision.

“The arrest was extended for Refat Alimov and Arsen Dzhepparov, accused of extremism and violent seizure of power. The detention term was extended for 2 more months. During the court meeting, they were kept in a cage, the petition on their release was declared by me, but it was denied. We are going to appeal against this decision,” the lawyer informed.

April 18, 2016 in the village of Krasnokamenka, security forces searched the homes of Arsen Alimov and Refat Dzhepparov. Following the search both Crimean Tatars were detained. They are accused of belonging to organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir," banned in the Russian Federation.

The so-called "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case has become the hallmark of the FSB struggle against Muslim dissidents in Crimea. Under the pretext of suspicion of terrorism and calling their repressive actions as struggle with extremism, the Russian security forces burst into the houses, conduct illegal searches and detentions.

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