Court extends arrest of four Crimean Muslims

Muslim Aliev, Emir Usein Kuku, Arsen Dzhepparov and Enver Bekirov will remain in custody until December 8.

6 September 2016 11:30

Yesterday, September 5, the Kiev District Court in Simferopol extend the arrest of four defendants in Hizb ut-Tahrir case - Muslum Aliev, Emir Usein Kuku, Arsen Dzhepparov and Enver Bekirov - until December 8, 2016, according to the Crimean Solidarity Facebook page.  

Today, September 6, the hearings to extend the arrest of Vadim Siruk and Refat Alimov are due to be held, too.

Moreover, the so-called "Supreme Court" of Crimea will continue the hearing into the case of Ahtem Chiygoz (“February 26" case) today. 

February 11, a wave of searches swept through the Crimean Tatars’ houses seeking to discredit them as "terrorists". The security forces often 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 are engaged 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 Aliev are still being held in custody. All of them were socially active citizens. In particular, prior to being arrested Emir Usein Kuku was engaged in human rights activities and recorded the human rights violations in Crimea.