Russian prosecutor demands to imprison Crimean political prisoner for 17 years

Ruslan Zeitullayev, charged with organization of Hizb-Ut Tahrir cell in Crimea

18:33, 21 April 2017

Ruslan Zeitullayev
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The court of Rostov-on-Don in Russia started the debates on case of Ruslan Zeitullayev, Crimean Tatar national accused of organizing the cell of Hizb-Ut Tahrir which is forbidden in Russian Federation. Russian prosecutor Gennady Trukhanov during the debates asked to sentence Crimean Tatar national to 17 years of imprisonment in the colony. This was reported by the Kavkaz Uzel daily.

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“The defendant is charged with “recruiting supporters, organizing and holding meetings of Hizb-Ut Tahrir (the organization is recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in Russia by the court), as well as with studying the literature of the banned organization by members of the cell," the message says.

The lawyer of Ruslan Zeitullayev Emil Kurbedinov said during the debates that he “does not doubt the innocence of his client.”

Earlier it was reported that Crimean Tatar national Rusian Zeitullayev, whom the Russian prosecutors accused of terrorism, stands before trial in Rostov-on-Don. On April 4, he began starving himself, demanding to send him to Ukraine, to stop political prosecution and close criminal cases of other Crimean Tatars, illegally detained and judged in Russia. 

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