Crimean Tatar activists sentenced in Russia - 17 and 9 years in a penal colony
The North Caucasian District Military Court in the Russian Rostov-on-Don today, December 24, delivered its verdict to the Crimean Tatars Enver Mamutov, Rustem Abiltarov, Zevri Abseitov, Remzi Memetov, convicted in the contrived “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” (“the first Bakhchisarai group”). Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov informed about the verdict on his page on Facebook.
Thus, Enver Mamutov was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment in a strict regime colony.
“The rest were sentenced to 9 years’ imprisonment in a strict regime colony !!!” Kurbedinov wrote.
The Ukrainian Consul General Taras Malyshevsky, who attended the court session in Rostov-on-Don, called the court’s verdict unlawful.
We believe that all those involved in this decision will be punished. Ukraine will not leave such actions unchallenged. We will work to ensure that they [ the convicted in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”] are released and return home, the Ukrainian diplomat said.
The public organization Crimean Solidarity posted a video on its Facebook page with the comments of relatives and lawyers of the convicts, as well as activists who gathered today outside the Russian court building.
Reference: Persons involved in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” were detained on May 12, 2016 in Bakhchysarai in the annexed Crimea. Security forces conducted numerous searches in the houses of the Crimean Tatars and accused them of terrorism. The occupation authorities have stated that all the detained Crimean Tatar activists are members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization banned in Russia.
On December 21, 2018, a court session was held, at which the Crimean Tatars delivered their final statements.
Enver Mamutov said that the investigator came to him and demanded cooperation, and in case of refusal he threatened with the maximum term under Article 205 (terrorist act). Zebri Abseitov, in turn, noted that the investigation had actually no arguments. Rustem Abiltarov added that all persons involved in the “case” are characterized by people from the positive side. Remzi Memetov stressed that neither he nor any other Crimean Tatar activists had weapons, as claimed by the investigation.