SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

The Kremlin-controlled "Supreme Court" of Crimea extended the measure of restraint to the Crimean Tatar activist Rustem Ismailov, involved in the fabricated "case of Hizb ut-Tahrir", and extended his arrest until February 11, 2018, according to his lawyer Oksana Zheleznyak, the QHA source reports.

“The court upheld the motion of the investigator and extended Ismailov's measure of restraint up to 16 months, that is, until February 11, 2018,” the lawyer noted.

The court session was closed, even Ismailov's wife was not allowed to attend it. Marshals regarded her doing the prayer as violation of the public order, and pulled her out of the courtroom.

“The arguments for extending the restraint measure were again groundless. Over the three last extensions, no investigative action has been carried out in the case, "Oksana Zheleznyak emphasized.

The lawyer went on saying that the last investigative action was carried out in July 2017.

The "Supreme Court" of Crimea began a regular meeting on the fictitious case of Hizb ut-Tahrir on December 8 at 10:00. Guards were put near the hall where the hearing on the "case" was held.

Reference: October 12, 2016, FSB officers searched houses of the Crimean Tatars Emil Dzhemedenov, Aider Saledinov, Uzeir Abdullaev, Timur Abdullaev and Rustem Ismayilov in the massifs of Stroganovka and Kamenka in Simferopol. They were all detained on suspicion of participating in the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is considered terrorist in Russia.

The so-called case of Hizb ut-Tahrir has become a “hallmark” of the Russian Federal Security Service struggle against dissident Muslims in the Crimea. Under the pretext of suspicions in terrorism, calling their repressive actions a fight against extremism, Russian security forces break into homes, carry out massive illegal searches and detentions, apply the practices of soviet punitive medicine.

QHA