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Ukraine condemns 'Hizb-Ut Tahrir cases' against Ukrainians in Crimea

These cases are examples of political persecutions of Ukrainians in the Russian-annexed peninsula
21:06, 20 February 2018

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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'.

'The ministry expressed a decisive protest against the consideration of the trumped-up cases against Ukrainian citizens, - Muslim Aliyev, Emir-Usein Kuku, Vadym Siruk, Enver Bekirov, Refat Alimov, Arsen Dzhepparov'. The ministry demands that the Russian side immediately stop the politically motivated persecution of Crimean Tatars,' reads the statement, released on Tuesday evening.

Related: Odesa court releases Hizb ut-Tahrir member arrested on request of Russia’s Investigation Committee

Ukraine's foreign ministry urged the international community to condemn the illegal actions of the judiciary authorities of the Russian Federation and increase pressure on the aggressor so as to release the detained Ukrainians, illegally detained in Crimea.

Four of the six detainees were detained in February 2016 under accusations of being involved in Hizb Ut-Tahrir, the infamous terrorist organization. The four faced charges of involvement in the pan-Islamic terrorist organization that aims to wipe out the other religions and nations that cherish these religions. They are to stay in detention until late May. 

Related: Five Crimean Tatars stay in detention as ‘members of Hizb-Ut Tahrir’

Related: Hizb ut-Tahrir case: Rostov court sentenced four Crimean Tatars to 7 and 5 years in prison

Related: Lawyer: Russia tries to classify ‘Hizb Ut-Tahrir case in Crimea’

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