ROSTOV-ON-DON (QHA) -

At the trial on the fabricated "Hizb ut-Tahrir case", the accusation presented the records of "kitchen conversations" of defendants about Islam and the situation of Muslims in Russia.

Emil Kurbedinov, the lawyer of Vadim Siruk, said that those present in the courtroom could ensure the inconsistency of the charges against the Crimeans.

"They are judged for having a different point of view, for their thoughts about what is happening in the Crimea, Russia and the world," the human rights activist said.

In turn, Sergey Loktev, the lawyer of Emir-Usein Kuku, said that the prosecution witness, referring to state secrets, conceals the source of his awareness on the subject matter.

"The trial is of obvious accusatory nature, because most of our questions are either rejected by the court, or the court does not pay attention to the fact that the prosecution witness refers to the preservation of state secrets, and conceals the sources of his knowledge under the guise of this wording. Also, the petition was rejected for the meeting to be held in closed session, to clarify important circumstances, namely the sources of awareness, on which the whole case rests,” Loktev said.

Also, according to him, the court refused to allow the wife of the accused Kuku to clarify some of the Muslims’ traditions.

The next meeting on the case of the Yalta Group will be held on March 28. While the defense of Crimeans continues to familiarize themselves with the case materials.

Reference:  February 11, 2016, participants of the fabricated case were detained: Muslim Aliyev from Alushta, a resident of the village of Krasnokamenka Enver Bekirov, a resident of Yalta Vadim Siruk and Emir-Usein Kuku is a member of the Contact Group on Human Rights, and on April 18 of the same year Arsen Dzepparov and Refat Alimov.

Earlier QHA reported that the FSB inclined the figurants of the "Yalta case" to cooperate.

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