ROSTOV-ON-DON (QHA) -

Today, the North Caucasus District Military Court handed down verdict on the "Sevastopol Four, " who are accused of involvement in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization banned in Russia. Thus, Ruslan Zeytullaev, charged with organizing a "Hizb ut-Tahrir" branch, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Court reclassified Ruslan Zeytullaev from the first part to the second. Instead of 17 years the Prosecutor asked for Zeytullaev, the latter has been jailed for 7. It's a small progress, but it will lead to big victories! lawyer Emil Kurbedinov wrote on Facebook.

Earlier Emil Kurbedinov told a QHA correspondent that Ruslan Zeytullaev, accused of organizing the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" branch, was sentenced to life imprisonment. January 23, 2015 four Muslims- Ruslan Zeytullaev, Rustem Vaitov, Yuri (Nuri) Primov and Ferat Seifullaev- were detained in the Crimea and accused of involvement in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization banned in Russia.

The defendants have been tried by the North Caucasus District Military Court since June 1.

According to the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, the "Hizb ut-Tahrir case " involves about 14 defendants and three criminal cases. The first and the third case have four defendants, while the second - six.

The so-called "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case has become a hallmark of the FSB’s struggle against otherwise-minded Muslims in Crimea. The Security Forces break into the houses, conduct illegal searches and detentions under the pretext of suspicion of terrorism and claim their repressive operations target combating extremism.

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