December 27, Russia's Supreme Court overturned the verdict against a Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeytullaev sentenced to seven years in prison for allegedly organizing the activities of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" unit in Sevastopol, and forwarded the case for retrial to the North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov, thereby satisfying a complaint by the prosecution, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov
Informs on his Facebook page.
“Court overturned the verdict against Zeytullaev and sent the case for retrial to the North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov,” the lawyer reported.
Previously, the Crimean Tatars Ruslan Zeytullaev, Rustem Vaitov Nuri Primov and Ferat Sayfullaev were accused of creating and participating in Sevastopol unit of Hizb ut-Tahrir organisation. The Prosecutor asked for 17 years imprisonment for Zeytullaev as the organizer of the unit and the rest were sentenced to 8 years. North-Caucasian Russian military district court sentenced Ruslan Zeytullaev to 7 years, and Rustem Vaitov, Nuri Primov and Ferat Sayfullaev were given five years.
Four of the Crimean Muslims were detained in Crimea, January 23, 2015. On June 1, their case was considered in the North Caucasus district military court. September 7, Court of Rostov-on-Don reached a verdict.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed protest in connection with the decision of the North Caucasus district military court to charge four Crimean people with the alleged involvement in the organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir", which is recognized terrorist in the Russian Federation.