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50 Crimean Tatars detained at rally in Moscow

They came to Moscow as listeners at the Supreme Court of Russia
16:59, 11 July 2019

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About 50 Crimean Tatars detained for participation in a rally in Moscow, as lawyer Emil Kurbedinov reported on Facebook.

The law enforcers noted that the Crimean Tatars came to the building of the Supreme Court of Russia, where the appeal in Hizb-ut-Tahrir case is considered.

“The mass detentions of Crimean Tatars, who came as listeners at the Supreme Court of Russia, have begun in Moscow! At least 50 Crimean Tatars detained in Moscow,” the lawyer reported.

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Kurbedinov asked the colleagues to provide judicial assistance to the detainees.

On June 18, North Caucasian Federal District of Rostov (Russia) delivered its verdict to “Simferopol” group on Hizb ut-Tahrir case. All the figurants were found guilty. They received the following sentences: Abdullayev Teymur – 17 years of a high-security regime with restriction of liberty for 1,5 year; Abdullayev Uezir – 13 years; Saledinov Ayder – 12 years; Rustem Ismayilov – 14 years; Djemadenov Emil – 12 years.

24 Crimean Tatars were detained in March 2019, after massive searches at their dwellings in the occupied Crimea. Russia's Federal Security Service, the FSB claimed they could be members of Hizb-Ut Tahrir. 

Earlier, the North Caucasus district military court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced four Crimean Tatars to 7 and 5 years in prison for having links with a terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir is a radical, international, pan-Islamic political organization, which describes its "ideology as Islam," and its aim as the re-establishment of "the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate)" or Islamic state. It is legal in Ukraine and in all western countries (except Germany where there was an administrative ban on forming a German branch, not a criminal ban).

Russia’s Supreme Court declared it ‘terrorist’ in a 2003 judgment which was long kept secret, preventing the organization itself and rights NGOs from appealing against it.

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