Rostov court left four Crimean Tatars detained during March searches in custody
The Rostov Regional Court of Russia did not satisfy the appeal of the defense of the four Crimean Tatars accused of participating in the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, and left them in custody until August 15, Crimean solidarity reports.
Crimean Tatars accused in the fictitious “case” – Alim Karimov, Yashar Muedinov, Tofik Abdulgaziyev and Izzet Abdullayev – participated in the court meeting on videoconferencing from detention centre No. 4 in the Russian city Shakhty of the Rostov Region.
Relatives of the political prisoners were allowed at the announcement of the court decision. Seeing them via video link, the accused said that this was “one of the best gifts in the holy month of Ramadan”.
Alim Karimov, Yashar Muedinov, Tofik Abdulgaziyev and Izzet Abdullayev are included in the so-called “second Simferopol group” of the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”.
On May 14, the Shakhty City Court extended their detention in a local remand centre until August 15. A similar decision was made regarding other persons involved in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” from the “second Simferopol group” detained during mass raids and searches in the occupied Crimea on March 27-28.
On May 21, the Russian Memorial Human Rights Center recognized all of them as political prisoners and demanded their immediate release and the cessation of criminal prosecution against them.