The North-Caucasian District Military Court in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, on December 24, handed down sentences against a group of four Crimean Tatars from the occupied Bakhchisarai in the so-called “Hizb ut-Tahrir case."
Enver Mamutov was sentenced to 17 years in a maximum security prison; Ruslan Abiltarov, Remzi Memetov and Zevri Abseitov – to nine years, also in a maximum security prison, according to Hromadske.
As UNIAN reported earlier, none of the defendants in the said case pleaded guilty.
The detainees said that their case was “politically charged.”
Russian prosecutors requested that the court sentence those indicted to prison terms ranging from 10 to 17 years.
On May 12, 2016, Russian security forces raided the houses of a number of Crimean Tatars and a local cafe in Bakhchisarai. As a result, four local men were detained and subsequently charged with terrorism. They are suspected of participating in the activities of a Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is recognized as terrorist organization in Russia.
UNIAN memo. Representatives of the international Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir call their mission the unification of all Muslim countries within the Islamic Caliphate, at the same time rejecting terrorism-related methods to achieve their goal. The organization says it is being subjected to unfair persecution in Russia and in the Russian-occupied Crimea. The Supreme Court of Russia banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003, putting in the list of "terrorist" organizations.