14 May 2019, 18:11

Arrest extended for three months to two more Crimean Tatars involved in “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”

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The Leninsky District Court of the Russian Rostov-on-Don extended the arrest to two Crimean Tatars who are involved in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” (“the second Simferopol group”).

Shaban Umerov and Remzi Bekirov will stay in the Russian detention center until August 15 of this year, public association Crimean Solidarity Reports.

Lawyers of the Crimean Tatars appealed to change the measure of restraint for house arrest, but their appeals were rejected.

Umerov and Bekirov, who were takenin custody, called their transporting from the Crimea to Russia for a detention center and a court hearing there a deportation. They declared their innocence and stressed that the Crimean Tatars are being persecuted by the Russian authorities in Crimea.

Today, the Rostov court is also considering extending the arrest of two other defendants in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” – Riza Isetov and Ruslan Suleymanov.

All four Crimean Tatars are held in detention center No. 4 of Rostov-on-Don and accused of “organizing the activities of a terrorist organization.” Remzi Bekirov told his lawyer Edem Semedlyaev that the FSB officers beat him and took him to the forest. The Crimean Tatars were detained in the Crimea, as well as in the Rostov region during the mass searches on March 27 and 28.