ROSTOV (QHA) -

Prosecution witnesses in the case of Ruslan Zeytullaev, Rustem Vaitov, Nuri Primov and Ferat Sayfullaev - four Crimean Tatars charged with terrorism and membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir party – will testify by videoconference at 10:00 am on June 3, Emil Kurbedinov, lawyer of the four Crimean Tatars, wrote on his Facebook page.

“Prosecution witnesses in the case of Ruslan Zeytullaev, Rustem Vaitov, Nuri Primov and Ferat Sayfullaev - four Crimean Tatars charged with terrorism and membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization – will testify by videoconference at 10:00 am on June 3. Witnesses will testify in a military court in Sevastopol,” wrote Kurbedinov.

According to the lawyer, most of the prosecution witnesses are Crimean Tatars.

“These are influential people, members of religious communities ... Why ?! This is one of the questions that will need to be answered. Maybe their relatives, children and friends will ask them this question?!” wrote Kurbedinov.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its strong protest over the trial of Rustem Vaitov, Ferrat Sayfullaev, Nuri Primov and Ruslan Zeytullaev - four Crimean Tatars and citizens of Ukraine – which is due to start in Rostov-on-Don today.

Ruslan Zeytullaev, Rustem Vaitov, Ferrat Sayfullaev and Nuri Primov were taken to Rostov five days before the hearing.

On June 1, a Russian military court ordered that lawyers from Rostov be appointed for the four Crimean Tatars.

According to the defendants, they were kept in a glass cage and brought handcuffed into the courtroom.

QHA