Occupants ask for huge sentences for Crimean Tatars

December 28, 2022

The Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don continues to request huge prison terms for political prisoners. The defendants in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case, Raif Fevziiev and Ernest Ametov, were sentenced to 17 years and 18 years and 6 months in a strict regime colony, respectively.

In addition, out of 17 years in the colony, Raif Fevziiev must serve the first 3 years in prison, and after serving the main term, he must be restricted in freedom of movement for another 2 years. Ernest Ametov will have to spend the first 5 years in prison, and after his release, he will have to comply with restrictions for 7 months.

The accusations in this so-called case are traditionally based on the testimony of hidden witnesses and the conclusions of so-called experts actively cooperating with the Russian punitive system.

Moreover, this so-called case is illegal, since Crimea is the occupied territory of Ukraine and, in accordance with the norms of international law, in particular the IV Geneva Convention, the legislation of the occupier cannot be applied in the occupied territory of Crimea.

We emphasize that this is the second time Ernest Ametov has been asked for such a huge sentence. In 2020, the occupiers demanded that the man be sentenced to 17 years and 6 months with restriction of liberty for 7 months. But on September 16, 2020, Ernest Ametov was released. He was the only one found not guilty.