Crimean Tatar Resource Center

Political prisoner Mustafayev intends to appeal against the illegal actions of the occupants

20 January 2021

The defendant in the so-called second Bakhchisaray Hizb ut-Tahrir case Server Mustafayev, who was sentenced to 14 years, intends to appeal against the illegal actions of the employees of the detention center and the prosecutor's office. This was reported by the Crimean Solidarity public association.

It is noted that in the materials of the so-called case, which the political prisoner gets acquainted with before considering the appeal, there are many violations.

“Lawyer Lilia Hemedzhi, commenting on the message about the claims of the arrested human rights activist, said that the first lawsuit was aimed at the illegal seizure of hair clippers from the defendants during the transfer from one jail to another. Hairdressing supplies are not prohibited according to the rules of the jail, and without them the prisoners cannot put yourself in order”,- the message said.

According to the lawyer, the second lawsuit was filed due to the fact that the political prisoner Eldar Kantimirov was sent to a punishment cell for performing namaz during the visit of the prosecutor to the detention center.

We remind that on October 11, 2017, in the city of Bakhchisaray, the invaders carried out mass searches in 6 dwellings of Crimean Tatars - Marlen Asanov, Seiran Saliiev, Timur Ibrahimov, Memet Belyalov, Ernest Ametov, Server Zakiryaev. Everyone was detained. They were charged under Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Participation in the activities of an organization which, in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, is recognized as terrorist”.

On May 21, 2018, Russian security forces raided the dwellings of activists of the Crimean Solidarity public association in the occupied Crimea, as a result of which Server Mustafayev and Edem Smailov were detained. They were also accused of their membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir organisation, which is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation.

In February 2019, a criminal case was opened against eight individuals involved in the so-called second Bakhchisaray Hizb ut-Tahrir case - Marlen Asanov, Seiran Saliiev, Timur Ibrahimov, Memet Belyalov, Ernest Ametov, Server Zakiryaev, Server Mustafayev and Edem Smailov (“Violent seizure of power or violent retention of power”).

On March 5, it became known that the two defendants in the so-called second Bakhchysarai Hizb ut-Tahrir case - Timur Ibrahimov and Memet Belyalov - had their charge tightened from part two of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code (“participation in the activities of a terrorist organization”) to the part one (“organization of the activities of a terrorist organization”).    

On September 16, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don announced the verdict to the defendants in the second so-called Bakhchisaray Hizb ut-Tahrir case. Marlen Asanov was sentenced to 19 years in a strict regime colony, Memet Belyalov - to 18, Timur Ibrahimov - to 17, Seyran Saliiev - to 16, Server Mustafayev - to 14, Server Zakiryaev and Edem Smailov - to 13. Ernest Ametov was found innocent and released in the courtroom.