Defendants of the so-called first Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case were placed in a pretrial detention center

March 30, 2020

The so-called the first Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendants, who were transferred to the penal colonies of the city of Salavat in Bashkortostan to serve illegal sentences according to the court’s decision, were placed in a pre-trial detention center for various far-fetched reasons. It is reported by the Crimean solidarity public initiative.

Lawyer Edem Semedlyaev noted that the defense asked their colleague from the city of Salavat to visit the colonies, which, according to preliminary information, contains Crimean political prisoners.

“Ayder Saledinov arrived to a penal colony №2 on February 20, 2020. And he was immediately reprimanded because he didn’t make a proper bed, received 10 days in a punishment cell, after that he received several more penalties and today, supposedly, he should already have joined the detachment, where he will be located. We hope that there will be no more penalties for him”,- the report claimed.

Teymur Abdullaev and Emil Dzhemadenov are also in jail for various far-fetched reasons. At first, they did not greet the administration, then they did not make up the bed, then there was inter-chamber “communication.”

“Then I visited Uzeir Abdullaev, who is now in Detachment 9. He was not in the isolation ward, he was only sentenced to quarantine. He has nose problems, a constant runny nose, which has become chronic and cannot be treated in prison”,- the lawyer added.

We remind that on October 12, 2016, Russian security forces in the village of Strohonivka of Simferopol region arrested five representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people – Uzeir Abdullaev, Teymur Abdullaev, Rustem Ismailov, Emil Dzhemadenov and Ayder Saledinov as a result of mass searches. They were accused of participating in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation and charged with article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“organizing the activities of a terrorist organization and participating in it”).

On June 18, 2019, the North Caucasian District Military Court of the Russian Federation sentenced the so-called Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendants: Teymur Abdullaev to 17 years in a maximum security penal colony with a probation term of 1 year and 6 months, Rustem Ismailov – to 14 years, Uzeir Abdullaev – to 13 years, Ayder Saledinov and Emil Dzhemadenov – to 12 years.

On December 24, 2019, the Supreme Court in Moscow reduced the terms of imprisonment of the so-called Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendants by 6 months.