The Supreme Court of Russia reduced the sentence of the Crimean Tatars for as long as three months. Lawyers to appeal this decision with the European Court of Human Rights
The Supreme Court of Russia ruled to reduce the sentence of four defendants in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” for three months, lawyer Edem Semedlyaev informed.
Thus, the term of 17 years of imprisonment to Enver Mamutov, imposed by the North-Caucasian District Military Court, was changed to 16 years and 9 months. And to three other persons involved in the fictitious case – Rustem Abiltarov, Zevri Abseitov and Remzi Memetov – the sentences were reduced from 9 years to 8 years and 9 months.
Semedlyaev called today’s judgment a humiliation of the Crimean Tatars and political prisoners. He promised that the lawyers would appeal against this decision with the European Court of Human Rights.
In turn, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov said that the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation was expected, but criticized the reduction of the sentence for three months. He stressed that the defenders will follow the fate of the convicted Crimean Tatars and their transfer to the colonies of the Russian Federation.
Lawyer Lilya Gemedzhi also called ridiculous the “mitigation” of punishment of the Crimean Tatars for just three months. She noted that the sentences imposed are a label that is put on individual citizens and on the entire Crimean Tatar people.
The label of terrorists will be removed from our people, just like the fact that in 1944 the Crimean Tatars were called traitors. The peaceful non-violent resistance of the Crimean Tatars will continue, – she noted.
The decision of the Supreme Court of Russia provoked an angry reaction of social networks users, who condemn the judgement and say that convicting the innocent people will boomerang back.
Today, a flash mob in support of four Crimean Tatars was held outside the court building in Moscow, during which 50 people were detained.
QHA media reported, that on December 24, 2018, the North Caucasian District Military Court sentenced Enver Mamutov as the organizer of the “terrorist group” to 17 years in prison in a strict regime colony, and three other Crimean Tatars to 9 years.