Lawyer: I hope for objectivity of court on ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’

Family members as well as many sympathizers have come to support four Crimean Muslims accused of terrorist activities.

28 April 2016 17:13

Today, April 28, the corridors of the Supreme Court of Crimea have been filled with people, who came to support the four Crimean Muslims accused of terrorism, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov reports. Relatives of the accused as well as other Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars gathered in the court building.

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.

February 12, the Kiev District Court in Simferopol ruled to keep the accused in detention for two months - until April, 8.

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.

Moreover, 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.

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