In Crimea law-enforcers persecute the children of Crimean Tatar Human Rights Defender Emir-Usein Kuku, named in the so-called Hizb ut-Takhrir case, in order to make them testify against his father. This was reported by lawyer Alexander Popkov on Facebook.
The lawyer recalled that earlier Kuku’s son was already slighted by a man who introduced himself a Federal Security Service (FSB) officer and told the child that “his dad had done bad and would serve long time in prison”.
“We demanded to put the officer to justice. For a start our “legal bodies” were not able to confirm identity of the officer having his full name and address in a small village. But they started checking Emir-Usein Kuku’s faulty parenting. The Prosecutor’s Office found elements of alleged crime in inaction of Emir-Usein who was in a SIZO (remand prison) when this situation happened. And now the truant officer demands to bring the children to witness against their father, and once refused, she attempts to interrogate the children without parents. Today she is hunting for the children in school and collecting information about the children and the family,” said Popkov.
According to him, now the children are afraid to go to school.
As a reminder, Russian security forces carried out a series of searches and arrests in the homes of Muslims in Crimea on February 11 and 12, 2016. 14 people were totally detained, four of them were arrested: Member of the Human Rights Contact Group Emir-Usein Kuku as well as Enver Bekirov, Muslim Aliev and Vadim Siruk. FSB investigators accused them of involvement in the Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir banned in Russia.