Russia sentences five Crimean Tatars to heavy jail terms

North Caucasus District Military Court in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don found defendants in the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case guilty of organizing or participating in a terrorist group and gave them heavy prison terms in a maximum-security penal colony, RFE/RL reports.

The military court sentenced Teymur Abdullayev to 17 years in prison, Uzeyir Abdullayev – to 13 years, Rustem Ismailov – to 14 years, Ayder Saledinov and Emil Dzhemadenov – to 12 years.

A day earlier, the defendants made their last plea and expressed gratitude to those who had been supporting them since the arrest in October 2016.

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According to the international Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, its mission is to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate. As they deny terrorist methods, the organization claims the pressure is exerted on its members in Russia and Crimea under false pretenses.

Friends and families of the convicts believe they were persecuted on religious grounds. As part of the case, he Russian law enforcement agencies have borne down on Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians, Russian, Tajiks, Azerbaijanis who profess Islam, defense lawyers stressed.

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