Defendants of the so-called second Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case got their measure of restraint extended

March 23, 2020

On Monday, March 23, in the so-called Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea, the so-called court sessions were held, during which the petitions to extend the measure of restraint on the individuals involved in the so-called second Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case were examined and satisfied. Tofik Abdulgaziev, Osman Arifmemetov, Bilyal Adilov, Farhod Bazarov, Dzhemil Gafarov and Rustem Seytkhalilov will remain in jail until June 15. It was reported by the Crimean solidarity public initiative.

The so-called hearing was held behind closed doors for listeners and the media. However, lawsuits in this category of criminal cases were subject to restrictions before. In rare cases, relatives were allowed to hear court orders.

We remind that on March 27, 2019, Russian security forces in the occupied Crimea carried out mass searches in 26 Crimean Tatars' dwellings. Literature was seized from some activists, which, according to Crimean Solidarity, was planted by the security forces themselves. In addition to books and brochures, people were confiscated phones, tablets, laptops, passports. The servicemen behaved rudely. It is reported that they used physical force against detainees and entered the houses in shoes. Lawyers who arrived at the site of the searches were not allowed to contact the detainees. According to the results, 20 people were suspected of their involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which was banned in the Russian Federation. On March 28, three more Crimean Tatar activists were detained, in whose dwellings searches were carried out in their absence. On March 27-28, the occupation court arrested all 23 detained after searches . They chose a preventive measure in the form of detention. Subsequently, all the individuals involved in this so-called case were repeatedly extended the terms of their arrest.