Four Crimean Tatars taken to custody in Crimea

They are accused of involvement in a terrorist group.

12 February 2016 17:12

A hearing in Kiev District Court of Simferopol started at 1.50 p.m. local time. The detainees are charged under Section 205.5 Part 2 of the Russia's Criminal Code (organization of terrorist groups and involvement in their activities).

The Court has already heard the cases of Enver Bekirov, Emir-Usein Kuku, Vadim Siruk and Muslum Aliyev. Each of the accused was tried not more than 25 minutes.

The reason for the detention was that 4 arrested men were not allowed to stay at home since they can exert pressure on witnesses or just escape. All four are suspected of so-called "terrorist activities." The detainees were arrested before April 8, 2016.

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 Aliyev are still being held in custody.