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Odesa court releases Hizb ut-Tahrir member arrested on request of Russia’s Investigation Committee
13:39, 9 June 2017
Odesa court releases Hizb ut-Tahrir member arrested on request of Russia’s Investigation Committee

Crimean Tatar activist came from Russia to Ukraine in search of refuge

13:39, 9 June 2017

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The Odesa Court of Appeal cancelled the decision of district court of Odesa on arrest of Hizb ut-Tahrir member Ildar Valiev, reports Crimea.Realities.

"Release from custody immediately," announced Judge Albina Kadegrob, reading out the resolution of the decision.

Defense accentuated the attention of the court that membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir is not a crime in Ukraine. Russia’s Investigation Committee accused Valiev of participating in "agitational meetings" of Muslims in private homes in the city of Kazan.

Lawyer Andriy Leshchenko, who represented Valiev's interests, said that his client had applied to the State Migration Service of Ukraine with an application for asylum, he has four children, legally entered the territory of Ukraine and has the documents confirming his right to work in Ukraine.

Commenting his arrest and release, Valiyev noted that he was forced to leave Russia in 2015 because of pressure and threats of imprisonment for his religious and political views.

"Because I'm a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir," he said.

At the same time, Valiev stressed that he considers the situation in Ukraine to be favorable for Muslims and that the arrest did not affect his decision to apply for asylum.

"We will settle here," he said and added that he plans to do business in Ukraine.

Related: Crimean Tatars start campaign for de-occupation of Crimea

Valiev was detained at the Odesa airport on May 25 as a person wanted through Interpol by the Investigation Committee of Russia on suspicion of membership in a terrorist organization.

It is noteworthy that representatives of the international Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir call their mission the unification of all Muslim countries in the Islamic caliphate, but they reject the terrorist methods of achieving this and say that they are subjected to unfair prosecution in Russia. The Supreme Court of Russia banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003, including in the list of 15 associations, they call "terrorist."

Earlier it was reported that repressions against Crimean Tatars are only increasing after UN Court decision, according to Chubarov. The People's Deputy also predicts that Russia will not fulfill the ECHR decisions regarding non-compliance with human rights on the peninsula.

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

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