ROSTOV-ON-DON (QHA) -
The North-Caucasian Military District Court sentenced Ruslan Zeitullayev, a defendant in the case "Hizb ut-Tahrir", to 12 years in a strict regime correctional colony, thereby doubling the sentence, according to journalist Vladislav Ryazantsev.
 
“The North-Caucasian District Military Court sentenced Ruslan Zeytullayev, the Crimean Tatar, accused of organizing the Hizb ut-Tahrir cell in the Crimea, to 12 years in a strict-regime colony. More than 20 people came to support Zeytullaev," he wrote on Facebook.
 
In his comments, the journalist added that Zeytullaev, who had been on a hunger strike for 22 days protesting against Russian lawlessness, is now stopping his action.
 
 
Previously QHA reported that April 4 Ruslan Zeytullayev announced an indefinite hunger strike in protest against the unfair treatment of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea. Human rights activists reported that fasting was "wet" - Ruslan drank tea without sugar. Now Zeytullaev is in Rostov-on-Don, where the case is being reviewed.
 
Reference: January 23, 2015 four Crimean Muslims were detained in the Crimea for the alleged involvement in the organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir", which is recognized terrorist in Russia. Since June 1, 2016, their case has been considered in the North Caucasus District Military Court. Ruslan Zeytullaev was sentenced to seven years in prison, Ferat Sayfullaev, Rustem Vaitov and Yuri Primov were sentenced to five years' imprisonment. All of them must serve their sentences in the colony of the general regime.
 
December 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation quashed the verdict against the Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeytullaev and sent the case for revision to the North District Military Court of Rostov, thereby satisfying the complaint of the prosecution who claims that Zeytullayev was allegedly the organizer of the Hizb ut-Tahrir cell in the Crimea and requires to charge the Crimean Tatar under Part 1 of Art. 205.5 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code (providing from 15 to 20 years imprisonment) instead of Part 2 of Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code.
 
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