A rally in support of the Crimean Tatars was held outside the Russian Embassy in Kyiv. Appeal in the case they are tried in was considered today by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.
According to the Crimean Solidarity, the demonstrators went on a picket to express their solidarity with the illegally convicted persons involved in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” from the “first Bakhchysarai group.”
The protesters demanded an end to repression and persecution on the basis of nationality and religion.
Meanwhile, in Moscow, a court hearing began to consider the appeal against the verdict of the North Caucasian District Military Court of December 24, 2018, which deprived four Crimean Tatars of freedom: they are Enver Mamutov, Rustem Abiltarov, Zevri Abseitova and Remzi Memetov.
The persons involved in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” were detained on May 12, 2016 in Bakhchysarai in the annexed Crimea. Security officials conducted numerous searches in the homes of the Crimean Tatars and accused them of terrorism.
The occupation authorities claimed that all the detained Crimean Tatar activists are members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in Russia.
From January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Russia decided to apply Article 278 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – “forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power” – in the so-called “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” in addition to terrorism charges.
On December 24, 2018, the North Caucasian District Military Court sentenced Enver Mamutov to 17 years in prison in a strict regime colony, and three other Crimean Tatars to 9 years.