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“My son is not terrorist”: Relatives of convict in Hizb ut-Tahrir case arrested in occupied Crimea

The mother of Crimean Tatar Enver Mamutov went to a solitary rally to support her convicted son
22:17, 8 April 2019

In annexed Bakhchisarai, occupied Crimea, the officers arrested the wife and the mother of a convict to 17 years high-security imprisonment concerning the Hizb ut-Tahrir case. Alie Mamutova, the wife of sentenced Enver Mamutov, stated this in her video stream on Facebook.   

“Today, April 8, Zarema Mamutova, the mother of Enver Mamutov, went to a solitary rally with the banner “My son is not a terrorist. Why 17 years?” The woman wanted to support her son, as she did not agree with the sentence of the North Caucasus district military court in Rostov-on-Don. The prisoner's wife stood near her mother-in-law and was live on Facebook.

Related: EU reacts to new arrests of Crimean Tatars in Crimea

After some time, the police approached them and told Alie that if she continues to stay near her mother-in-law, this action would be regarded as an unauthorized meeting. The wife of the convict went to the other side of the road and continued to film everything. In the meantime, the police ordered Enver’s mother to show her id and regarded her actions as a single picket.

Afterward, the mother and the wife were brought to the police station with the words, “You have committed an unauthorized protest. Congratulations.”

Related: Raids in Crimea: 20 arrested Tatars transferred to Rostov-on-Don

Earlier, the North Caucasus district military court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced four Crimean Tatars to 7 and 5 years in prison for having links with a terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a radical, international, pan-Islamic political organization, which describes its "ideology as Islam," and its aim as the re-establishment of "the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate)" or Islamic state. It is legal in Ukraine and in all western countries (except Germany where there was an administrative ban on forming a German branch, not a criminal ban).

Russia’s Supreme Court declared it ‘terrorist’ in a 2003 judgment which was long kept secret, preventing the organization itself and rights NGOs from appealing against it.

Related: U.S. Embassy urges Russia to cease arrests, detentions in Crimea
 

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