Supreme Court of Russia reduced lengthy sentences to persons involved in “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” from “first Simferopol group” by only six months
Today, December 24, the Supreme Court of Russia partially upheld the appeals of the defense of the Crimeans who are tried in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” within the “first Simferopol group”.
According to public association Crimean Solidarity, period of detention for Teymur Abdullaev (allegedly the “organizer of the terrorist group”) was reduced from 17 years to 16 years and 6 months. He was also assigned 1 year 4 months of administrative supervision.
Sentence against his brother Uzeir Abdullaev was reduced from 13 years to 12 years and 6 months, sentence against Rustem Ismailov – from 14 years to 13 years and 6 months, sentences against Emil Dzhemadenov and Aider Salenedin were reduced from 12 years to 11 years and 6 months in a maximum security penal colony.
Russia is the only country in which Hizb ut-Tahrir (the full name Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami — the Islamic Liberation Party) has been declared a terrorist organization.
In some countries of Central Asia, the party activists are also being persecuted, but on charges not related to terrorism. In Germany, Hizb ut-Tahrir’s public activities are banned for not recognizing Israel, but its members are not persecuted.
Criminal cases against members of Hizb ut-Tahrir have become the hallmark of the FSB’s fight against dissident Muslims in occupied Crimea.
The “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” is one of the most high-profile and voluminous in terms of the number of defendants. Dozens of Crimean Muslims are arrested on suspicion of participation in this Islamic party.
Yesterday, December 23, police officers in the annexed Crimea visited Crimean Tatar activists and presented them all kinds of warnings about the inadmissibility of mass rallies outside the building of the Supreme Court of Russia in Moscow.
On June 18, the North Caucasian District Military Court of the Russian Federation sentenced persons tried in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” within the “first Simferopol group” to lengthy imprisonment.
“Then the final formula will be modelled [for exchange of prisoners – Ed.]. However, as long as the verification of the majority of the exchange participants has not been carried out, it can be assumed that will be possible to exchange a little more than 200 people in total,” the message says.