Verdict to Vadym Bektemyrov left unchanged

April 4, 2023

Yesterday, April 3, the Military Court of Appeal in Vlasikha upheld the decision of the Southern District Military Court. It is reported by the Crimean solidarity.

Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov and political prisoner Vadym Bektemyrov held a debate: they claimed that from the very beginning the base of the case was collected with violations, they especially drew attention to a provocation by the FSB using its agents, namely, secret witness Adnan Masri, who secretly recorded a conversation with Bektemirov. The lawyer also drew attention to the federal law On Combating Terrorism, which has been in force since 2006, and according to which the Hizb ut-Tahrir party cannot be qualified as a terrorist party. This means that there were no grounds even to initiate a criminal case.

“It seemed to me, as well as to my Crimean Tatar people, that the times of communism were in the past. But our fictional liberation from communist ideology turned out to be a portal to a world of other measures and weights, even more totalitarian than before”,- said Vadym Bektemyrov.

Bektemyrov called the court’s decision predictable.

“Decisions of Russian courts are quite predictable, if you know that a Crimean Tatar Muslim is in the dock. Any arguments of the defense side are the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Seeing how sentences are hung like lace, you will certainly come to the conclusion that there is a political reprisal against an entire people”,- he summed up.

We remind you that on July 7, Russian security forces conducted mass searches in the homes of Crimean Tatars in the Bakhchysarai, Krasnohvardiiske and Simferopol regions of the occupied Crimea. Seven people have been detained. All were taken to the FSB headquarters in Simferopol. On July 7, the Kyiv district court of Simferopol sent Oleksandr Syzykov, a disabled person of the first group, under house arrest. On July 8, the Kyiv District Court of the occupied Crimea chose a measure of restraint for Ismet Ibrahimov, Zekiria Muratov, Vadym Bektemyrov, Emil Ziiadynov, Alim Sufianov and Seiran Khairetdynov in the form of detention.