The judge of the North Caucasus District Military Court, which is currently hearing the case of "Hizb ut-Tahrir,” denied the motion to challenge the court filed by the defendants and lawyers, lawyer Emile Kurbedinov reports. He said that the challenge to prosecutor is currently being considered, however, the defenders do not expect a positive decision.

The lawyer also added that the defendants are kept in a cage, which violates Art. 3 of the Human Rights Convention. However, according to him, no one pays attention at such “little things” in Russia.

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 involved in any extremist organization and whether they are going to Syria.

Eight of the twelve detainees have already been released, while Emir Usein-Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov and Muslim Aliyev are still being held in custody.

All the detainees - Enver Bekirov, Emir Usein-Kuku, Vadim Siruk and Muslim Aliev are socially active citizens. In particular, prior to the arrest Emir Usein Kuku was engaged in human rights activities and recorded the human rights violations in Crimea.

The Sevastopol Court accused Ferat Sayfullaev and Rustem Vaitov of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, recognized as a terrorist organization in Russia, and extended their detention period for 2 months, until May, 23.