The court left the sentences of Remzi Bekirov and Riza Izetov unchanged

March 29, 2023

Yesterday, March 28, the Military Court of Appeal in Vlasikha completed consideration of complaints against the verdict to Remzi Bekirov and Riza Izetov, as well as to the Crimean Solidarity activists Shaban Umerov, Raim Ayvazov and Farkhod Bazarov and approved it. This was reported to the Crimean Solidarity by lawyer Nazim Sheikhmambetov.

“An hour in the deliberation room was enough for the court to weigh all the evidence and analyze the materials of the criminal case, which contain about a hundred volumes”,- the lawyer said.

Human rights activist Riza Izetov recalled during the hearing that repressions against the Crimean Tatar people by Russia were in the past and continue today in full force.

We remind you that on March 27, 2019, Russian security forces in the occupied Crimea conducted mass searches in 26 houses of Crimean Tatars. Literature was confiscated from some activists, which, according to the Crimean Solidarity, the security forces themselves planted. In addition to books and brochures, phones, tablets, laptops, and passports were confiscated from people. The security forces behaved rudely. They reportedly used physical force against the detainees. They entered the house with shoes on. Lawyers who arrived at the site of the searches were not allowed to see their clients. According to the results, 20 people were detained, suspected of involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation.

On March 27-28, the occupation court arrested all 23 Crimean Tatar activists detained after searches. They chose a measure of restraint in the form of detention until May 15. All are accused of involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation. Subsequently, political prisoners have repeatedly extended their arrests, and some have already been sentenced.