The North Caucasus district military court in Rostov-on-Don (Russia) extended the arrest of eight Crimean Tatars involved in Hizb ut-Tahrir for six months, as Radio Liberty reported.
Marlen Asanov, Server Zekiryaev, Ernes Ametov, Timur Ibragimov, Seiran Saliev, Memet Belyalov, Server Mustafaev, and Edem Smailov will stay in the remand center until February 13, 2020, as lawyer Aleksey Ladin said.
The first preliminary session on this case took place by video-conference from the court in Rostov-on-Don with Simferopol remand center #1, where the accused are kept. The lawyers of the accused participated in the session from Crimean Garrison Military Court in Simferopol.
“The court refused in all appeals of the defense: on the stop of the criminal case, the return of the case to the prosecutor as the accusation is not specified; on use of Fourth Geneva Convention. The judge extended the arrest for six months on his own initiative (up to February 13, 2020),” he said.
The next session where the criminal proceeding will be considered essentially is planned for September 3.
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.
On October 12, 2016 raids were held at five houses of Muslim families. Five Crimean Tatars were detained. They are accused of participation in a banned and annexed organization Hizb ut-Tahrir – Rustem Ismailov, Uzeir Abdulayev, Teymur Adbulayev, Emil Djemadenov, Ayder Saledinov.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Islamic political organization, which urges the integration of all Muslim states into a Caliphate. The organization though denies terroristic methods to combat. Russia recognized the organization as a terroristic one in 2003, the activity of Hizb ut-Tahrir in the country is banned. Within the Ukrainian legislation, Hizb ut-Tahrir is a legal organization. It is banned in the countries of Western Europe and South America except for administrative restrictions to its activity in Germany.