Term of arrest of civil journalist Memedeminov extended in occupied Crimea
Today, March 14, the “Supreme Court” of Crimea ruled to extend the term of arrest to civilian journalist Crimean Tatar Nariman Memedeminov, who was detained in March 2018 and accused of “public calls for terrorist activities using the Internet.”
According to the “Court” decision Memedeminov is to remain in custody at the detention center until May 16, 2019, Crimean Solidarity reports.
During the hearing, the defense filed five motions, all of which were rejected by the “judge”. The civilian journalist himself applied for the disqualification of the “prosecutor”, however the “court” did not satisfy his request.
Lawyer Edem Semedlyaev defended Memedeminov before the court.
According to Russian law, Memedeminov faces seven years in prison. The FSB investigator’s ordinance states that the Crimean Tatar is committed to the ideology of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Claims of Russian law enforcement officers relate to videos posted by Nariman Memedeminov on YouTube from February 2013 to March 2014. In these videos the Crimean Tatar comments on political events and topics, calls for adherence to the norms of Islam and talks about his attitude to holidays: Defender of the Fatherland Day, International Women’s Day, Children’s Day and others (mainly introduced during Soviet era). The FSB called these claims a call for terrorism.
Memedeminov himself does not admit his guilt and believes that the Russian authorities are persecuting him because of his journalistic and human rights activities.
Memedeminov took an active part in the life of the public organization Crimean Solidarity, which provides legal, informational and material assistance to the Crimean Tatars and Muslims who were subjected to persecution.
Memedeminov provieded text and video broadcasts from the “trials” of his compatriots, he also made streams from the search sites, which is why he is considered to be a civilian journalist.
The previous term of detention of Nariman Memedeminov expires on March 16, according to the decision of the “court” of February 13, 2019. Memedeminov was detained after a search was conducted in his house on March 22, 2018 in the village of Kholmovka of the Bakhchysarai district of the annexed Crimea.