Three Crimean Tatars, Renat Suleymanov, Arsen Kurbedinov and Talyat Abdurakhmanov have been arrested under the respective decision of Kyiv district court of Simferopol, occupied Crimea. They will remain in pre-trial detention centre at least until November 29, Krym.Realii reports.
The lawyers insisted that the investigation proved no evidence against the charged individuals, asking the court to choose home arrest as level of restriction. The Russian prosecutor, on the other hand, claimed that the detainees are charged with ‘tough crime,’ according to the outlet.
On October 2, Crimea-based department of the FSB, the Russian federal security service, reported elimination of three cells of Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamic missionary movement, which is banned in Russia under charges of terrorism.
Since the occupation of Crimea in late February 2014, Russia has been actively persecuting Crimean Tatars for their alleged membership in extremist organization Hizb-Ut Tahrir. Back in 2003, this organization was forbidden in Russia as well, and numerous cases of prosecutions of Crimean Tatars in Crimea have been reported ever since.