Six residents of Bakhchysarai, Crimea, will stay in custody for two months after the police searched their houses and detained them earlier this week; they are charged with membership in Hizb-Ut Tahrir, the terrorist organization. That’s the decision of Kyiv district court in Simferopol. Crimean Human Rights Watch Group reported that at Facebook on Friday.
According to lawyer Dzhemil Temishev, the court dismissed the defense team’s request to select house arrest as a restriction measure.
As 112 International reported, Russian law enforcers searched houses of several Crimean Tatar families in Bakhchysarai on Wednesday. According to Zair Smedlyayev, the head of the central election committee of Qurultai of Crimean Tatars, the police detained Temur Ibragimov, Marlen Asanov, Memet Belyalov, Seyran Saliev, Server Zakiryaiev and Ismail Ghzyrov. All of them are now suspected of membership in Hizb-Ut Tahrir, which has been banned in Russia.
In April this year, the so-called ‘Supreme Court’ of the annexed Crimea recognized Mejlis of Crimean Tatars an extremist organization and prohibited its activity in Russia. Head of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov expressed confidence that the international community will adequately respond to Russia’s ban on this organization in the occupied Crimea.