The Muslims detained in Crimea are charged with “violent upheaval in Russia”


Lawyer Emile Kurbedinov says the Crimean defendants on the so-called “case of Hizb ut-Tahrir” are accused of “violent upheaval in Russia” (article 278 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

“The violent seizure of power in Russia is the very crime which will be incriminated since tomorrow all the Muslim Crimean Tatars, who are accused of participating in Hizb-ut Tahrir,” the lawyer said.

According to him, the article provides 12 to 20 years of imprisonment.

“Imagine Crimean Muslims living in great comfort in Ukraine, and suddenly bang! They are Russians-terrorists. Moreover, they are accused of grabbing power in Russia! And accused by those who, masked and armed to the teeth, were grabbing the administrative buildings of Crimea in February 2014, by those who invaded the peninsula in armoured vehicles and then announced that we started living in a different country!” added Kurbedinov.

As a reminder, on January 10, 2017 the Court of Simferopol prolonged the detention in custody of the four defendants on the so-called “case of Hizb ut-Tahrir”: Remzi Memetov, Enver Mamutov, Zevri Abseitov and Rustem Abiltarov until April 12.

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