Crimean court extends detention for defendants in "Hizb Ut-Tahrir case"

The Crimean Tatars charged with "membership in a terrorist organization" will remain behind the bars until February 5
08:47, 1 November 2019

Kyiv district court of Simferopol (occupied Crimea) ruled to continue the detention term for the defendants in the so-called Hizb Ut-Tahrir case. They are supposed to stay behind the bars until February 5. Crimean Solidarity human rights protection group reported that on November 1.

The court session took place behind the closed doors on October 31. The decision concerns three Crimean Tatars detained in Belogorsk, Crimea in June 2019. These are Enver Omerov, Rize Omerov and Aider Dzhepparov. The latter's lawyer asked the court to change the verdict from the arrest to recognizance not to leave, as he has to take care of eight children. The Omerovs, the father and son claimed health issues that they faced in detention. However, the defense team's arguments were declined.

Related: Four Crimean Tatar defendants in Hizb ut-Tahrir case to stay in custody till November 15

Enver Omerov, Rize Omerov and Aider Dzhepparov were detained in Crimea in summer 2019; the Russia-controlled court immediately ruled to arrest them under charges with membership in Hizb Ut-Tahrir, which is considered a terrorist organization in Russia.

Related: Russian court extends arrest of Crimean Tatar convicts in Hizb ut-Tahrir case


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