Occupiers handed down new sentences to Crimean Tatars

January 11, 2023

On Wednesday, January 11, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don announced the verdict to defendants in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case Alim Karimov, Seyran Murtaza, Erfan Osmanov, Dzhemil Gafarov and Servet Gaziev.

All political prisoners were sentenced to imprisonment for 13 years and restriction of freedom of movement after release for a period of 1 year, for Servet Gaziev and Alim Karimov – 1 year and 6 months.

Recall that the two defendants – Dzhemil Gafarov and Servet Gaziev – are elderly with a disability and a massive list of chronic diseases.

It should be noted that the accusations in this so-called case are based on the testimony of hidden witnesses and the conclusion of so-called experts actively cooperating with the Russian security forces. Consideration of the so-called case took place with a gross violation of international law.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center strongly protests and states that this decision is illegal, politically motivated and criminal. Such a policy of the Russian Federation is a demonstration of the fight against the political beliefs of people in the occupied Crimea.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center demands that the sentences of the defendants in the case be canceled and that other political prisoners be released immediately.