Russian court extended arrest of the defendants in the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case

October 13, 2020

On Monday, October 12, a court session on the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case was held in the Southern District Military Court, during which the measure of restraint was extended to the defendants in the so-called case. Ruslan Nagaev, Ruslan Mesutov, Eldar Kantimirov and Lenur Khalilov will remain in jail until January 21, 2021.

We remind that on June 10, Russian security forces conducted mass searches in the dwellings of Crimean Tatars in Alushta, Bilohirsk and Simferopol. As a result, 8 people were detained on suspicion of their involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation. On June 10 and 11, the so-called Kyiv District Court of Simferopol chose a preventive measure in the form of detention until August 5 for the Crimean Tatars detained after searches – Riza Omerov, Enver Omerov, Ayder Dzhepparov, Eskender Suleymanov, Ruslan Nagaev, Eldar Kantimirov, Ruslan Mensutov and Lenur Khalilov. On October 31, the so-called Kyiv District Court of Simferopol once again extended their arrest until February 5, 2020.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center calls on the international community, international human rights organizations to increase pressure on the Russian Federation and the occupation authorities of Crimea in order to stop political persecution and cancel the previously issued court decisions.