EU considers prison sentences for Crimean Tatars in Russia illegal, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

Four men were sentenced to the total of 61 years behind the bars
14:55, 18 August 2021

EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano
Open source

The European Union considers Russian military court sentences for four Crimean Tatars illegal. Peter Stano, the representative of the EU External Action Service reported that on Twitter.

"We call on Russia to ensure full compliance with international human rights standards and other obligations under international law in the illegally annexed Crimea", the official wrote.

Earlier, we reported that Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don pronounced an illegal sentence against four Crimean Tatars who are charged with the alleged membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir movement. The total length of their prison term makes 61 years by four men. Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian ombudsman reported that on Telegram.

"Russian prosecutors saw to it that Crimean Tatars are illegally detained for the crime they did not commit. Our citizens received the maximum prison time in the high-security penal colony; 18 years for Lenur Khalilov, 18 for Ruslan Mesutov, 13 for Ruslan Nagayev and 12 for Eldar Kantemirov", Denisova wrote.

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According to the NGO Crimean Solidarity, only several people were allowed to visit the court session where the sentence was announced. That included five relatives and three reporters.

At that, the court canceled the arrest of the property of the convicts.

Hizb-ut Tahrir is a political party, an Islamist movement that has been banned in Russia since 2003. In most of the other countries, including Ukraine, it acts freely, with no restrictions on the level national legal frameworks.

Related: Russian special services search Crimean Tatars’ houses in occupied Crimea

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