A Russian court has sentenced three Crimean Tatars (Hizb Ut-Tahrir case) to 13 to 18 years in a maximum-security prison on charges of organizing and participating in a terrorist organization and forcible seizure of power. This was announced by First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova on Twitter.
"A so-called Russian court has just sentenced Ukrainian citizens Aider Dzhapparov, Enver Omerov, and Riza Omerov to draconian terms on trumped-up charges. These sentences are further evidence of the Russian occupiers' suppression of any dissent in Crimea," the statement said.
Thus, Enver Omerov was sentenced to 18 years, Aider Dzhapparov - to 17 years, and Riza Omerov - to 13 years in a maximum-security prison.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated that the pre-trial investigation and trial had been held with numerous procedural violations and the defense's evidence had been ignored.
As we reported earlier, Taras Kremin, Ukraine's Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language, claimed that stripping it of state privileges in occupied Donbas and illegally annexed Crimea made a violation of human rights.