Lawyer: the FSB put strain on children of the arrested Crimeans


Lawyer Alexander Popkov asserts that the Russian security service (FSB) put strain on relatives of the Crimeans detained under the “Hizb ut-Takhrir case”.

In particular, Popkov, defending a human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku, told that the FSB officers had visited the school, where Kuku’s son studied.

The lawyer called the FSB’s visit “off limits”. “In the school, the child was told by an FSB officer that the child’s father was a bad man and would be imprisoned for a long time. It is illegal. I believe that this is abuse of office and violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on human rights,” he said.

As we have informed, the Russian security service carried out a series of searches and arrests in the homes of adherents of Islam in Crimea on February 11-12, 2016. Total 14 people were detained and 4 of them arrested: a member of the contact group on human rights from Yalta Emir-Usein Kuku, a resident of the Yalta region Enver Bekirov, a resident of the Alushta region Muslim Aliev and a resident of Yalta Vadim Siruk.

They were accused by the FSB’s investigators of involvement in activities of the “Hizb ut-Tahrir” Organization.

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