The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ukraine voiced protest over the decision by the North Caucasus district military court that convicted four Crimean people for alleged involvement in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization recognized a terrorist one in Russia, according to the Ministry website.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes the trial of the case proves the continuing repressions by the Russian occupying authorities against the Crimean Tatar people.
- The groundless sentence, disregard of the defense’s proofs showing our compatriots have neither been involved in a terrorist activity nor implemented or planned any violent acts, as well as numerous flagrant violations during the pre-trial investigation and the trial itself is the compelling evidence that Ukrainian citizens have become political hostages of Russia's aggressive policy against Ukraine, said a statement.
The Foreign Ministry said it "strongly condemns another one judicial farce organized by the Russian authorities and demand from the Russian Federation the immediate quash of the sentence."
- We also call on the international community to continue putting pressure on Moscow so that the latter would immediately cease the large-scale human rights violations and release all political prisoners and illegally detained citizens of Ukraine, reported the MFA.
The court in Rostov-on-Don (Russia) sentenced the four Crimeans to imprisonment for their alleged involvement in "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization, which is recognized as terrorist one in Russia.
Ruslan Zeytullaev has been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment, while Ferat Sayfullaev, Rustem Vaitov and Yuri Primov have been jailed for 5 years. They will have to serve their sentence in a penal colony. They were charged with organizing and participating in a terrorist organization (Section 205 of the Criminal Code).
On January 23, 2015, the Muslims Ruslan Zeytullaev, Rustem Vaitov, Yuri (Nuri) Primov in Crimea and Ferat Seifullaev were detained in Crimea. Yuri (Nuri) Accept and Euphrates Seifullaev. They were accused of involvement in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization banned in Russia. The defendants have been tried by the North Caucasus District Military Court since June 1.
According to the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, the "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" involves about 14 defendants and three criminal cases. The first and the third case have four defendants, while the second - six.
The so-called "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case has become a hallmark of the FSB’s struggle against otherwise-minded Muslims in Crimea. The Security Forces break into the houses, conduct illegal searches and detentions under the pretext of suspicion of terrorism and claim their repressive operations target combating extremism.