SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

March 18, a dua (prayer) was held in the central mosque Kebir-Jami on the second death anniversary of the Crimean Tatar activist Reshat Ametov, who was killed in March 2014 after a single picket against the Russian occupation of Crimea.

According to the press-service of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Crimea, relatives, friends, veterans of the national movement, social activists and mosque parishioners gathered to honor the memory of Reshat Ametov.

The dua was held by Imam Kebir-Jami Eden Lyumanov. Along with the Muslims, he read Koran suras, offered prayers to Allah, asking to rest Reshat Ametov’s soul in peace. The Imam stressed that Muslims should not forget the deceased co-religionists in their prayers as it is the best thing they can do for them. The Islam teaches it, so did The Holy Prophet (peace be upon Him).

March 3, 2014 around 7.30 a.m., Reshat Ametov left the house to go to a military enlistment office. The last time he was seen taking part in a peaceful rally at Lenin Square.

According to the eyewitnesses, during a single picket Reshat Ametov was approached by three people with the so-called Crimean self-defense (two in military clothes, one civilian), who surrounded him and quickly led away. He had not got in touch since then.

Following that, a video appeared on the Internet showing how the 'self-defense' fighters took him from the spot and put in a car.

Reshat Ametov’s corpse with signs of torture was found March 15, 2014 in the village of Zemlyanichnoe, Belogorsk district. His head was bound up with a duct tape and handcuffs were lying next to him.

Reshat Ametov left three children with the youngest of them being only three month at the time of the father's death.

Photo: press service of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Crimea

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