On Tuesday, November 12, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don issued a verdict to the defendants in the Yalta “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”. Muslim Aliev and Enver Bekirov were sentenced to 19 and 18 years of imprisonment, Emir-Huseyn Kuku and Vadim Siruk to 12 years, Refat Alimov to 8 years, and Arsen Dzhepparov to 7 years.
"The court declared the defendants guilty as charged and sentenced to imprisonment in a maximum-security colony for a term of:
Aliev Muslim Nuriyevich to 19 years, with a restriction of freedom for 1 year
Bekirov Enver Nebiyevich to 18 years, with a restriction of freedom for 1 year
Siruk Vadim to 12 years, with a restriction of freedom for 1 year
Alimov Refat to 8 years, with a restriction of freedom for 1 year
Dzhepparov Arsen to 7 years, with a restriction of freedom for 1 year
Emir-Huseyn Kuku to 12 years, with a restriction of freedom for 1 year," reported the “Crimean Solidarity”.
It is reported that about 150 people came from Crimea to support their compatriots and fellow believers. A spokesperson for the Russian branch of the international NGO Amnesty International also attended the trial. According to the activists, only 40 people were allowed to the courtroom, including the Ukrainian Consul General in Rostov-on-Don Taras Malyshevsky.
According to the "Crimean Solidarity" organization, Vadim Siruk wore a T-shirt with the print "Crimean Tatar Muslims are at the Kremlin's gunpoint", and Arsen Dzhepparov wore a T-shirt that said "Mission Accomplished". Arrested Crimean Tatars also prepared posters specifically for the Russian propaganda media: "Take down Russian fake television. Stop Russia 24! Stop lying!".
Previously, Emir-Huseyn Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Muslim Aliev, Enver Bekirov, Arsen Dzhepparov, and Refat Alimov were accused of participation in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization that is banned in the Russian Federation. They were charged with article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("organization of activities of a terrorist organization and participation in it"). Later, they were charged with article 278 of the Criminal Code ("Forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power"). On October 11, in the Southern District Military Court of Rostov-on-Don, during a question-and-answer session, the prosecutor requested from 13 to 20 years of imprisonment for the defendants in Yalta “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”.