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The Supreme Court of Russia will consider appeals against the verdict of the defendant in Sevastopol "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" Ruslan Zeytullayev on July 27, the defense lawyer Emil Kurbedinov reported.

“On July 27, at 10 o'clock, Moscow, Supreme Court of Russia, will consider appeals (on the verdict of the North Caucasus District Military Court of Rostov-on-Don) of Ruslan Zeytullayev (Hizb-ut Tahrir case, Sevastopol four), of his defenders and, of course, of the prosecutor, who had not been convinced by twelve years of strict regime for beliefs (he requires 17 years)!” Kurbedinov wrote in Facebook.

Earlier Ruslan Zeytullayev told about his intention to announce a third hunger strike before the hearings for the appeal in his case.

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 Zeytullayev 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 forwarded 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 required 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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