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Ukraine’s MFA reacts to Russian court decision in Hizb ut-Tahrir case

The ministry stressed that Ukraine will use all possible political and diplomatic leverage for the release of their fellow citizens, the convicted Crimean Tatars
17:35, 24 December 2018

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The decision of the North Caucasian District Military Court of the Russian Federation on conviction of Enver Mamutov, Rustem Abiltarov, Ramzi Memetov and Zevri Abseitov is unlawful. This was stated by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

"Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses a firm protest against the unjustified decision of the North Caucasian District Military Court of the Russian Federation to condemn the citizens of Ukraine Enver Mamutov to 17 years old, Rustem Abiltarov, Ramzi Memetov and Zevri Abseitov to 9 years of imprisonment on obviously fabricated charges of terrorist activity," the message of the ministry says.

It is emphasized that this decision once again confirmed that "the Russian anti-terrorism laws are widely applied by the Russian occupation administration to cover political repression against the Crimean Tatar people."

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The Foreign Ministry reminded that the international community especially condemned such practice in the UNGA resolution on the situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), adopted on December 22.

"Ukraine will not silently observe this practice of Russia and will continue to use all possible political and diplomatic levers to free their fellow citizens. We urge the international community to increase pressure on the aggressor state to stop Russian violations of human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea and release illegally detained citizens of Ukraine," the statement said.

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As it was reported earlier, Ukraine's foreign ministry decisively condemns the fact that the Russian court considers cases against six Ukrainian citizens, residents of Crimea; they are accused of membership in Hizb-Ut Tahrir, the Islamist movement that is banned in Russia as the 'extremist organization'.

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