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The Second Simferopol Group: another five Crimean Tatars were convicted for 13 years of prison

South District Court Martial passed a sentence in the case of the Second Simferopol Group of Hizb ut-Tahrir: Alim Karimov, Seiram Murtazi, Erfan Osmanov, Dzhemil Hafarov, and Servet Haziyev got a punishment in a form of imprisonment for 13 years.

Presiding judge Valeriy Opanasenko added to the sentence of limitation of freedom of movement after release for a term of 1 year, for Servet Haziyev and Alim Karimov – for 1 year and 6 months.

As Crimean Solidarity reports, pensioners Servet Haziev and Dzhemil Hafarov suffer from numerous chronic diseases and diseases acquired during imprisonment.

“Dzhemil Hafarov had a 3-rd group of disability even before his arrest in 2019 – he had a 4th stage chronic kidney disease and heart diseases caused by it. According to his lawyer Rifat Yahin, being held in a pre-trial detention facility poses a threat to his health. Without getting any aid in the detention facility, Hafarov reported that relied only on medicines sent by his relatives” the activists wrote.

According to their data, Servet Haziyev suffered from elevated blood pressure even before the arrest and in the pre-trial detention facility he had a micro stroke. The prison infirmary denied him hospitalization and called him a pretender. A part of Haziyev’s face squirmed and he acquired speech disorder.

The defence emphasized to court that further imprisonment posed a threat to the pensioner’s health and intended to at least achieve home arrest for him.

As was reported, the majority of the persons from the Second Simferopol Group were apprehended during mass searches in Crimea in March 2019. Later, another 2 persons joined the 23 apprehended Crimean Tatars. The detainees are charged under p. 1 of Art. 205.5 of the CC of the RF (Organisation of terrorist activities, up to life incarceration) and p. 2 of Art. 205.5 of the CC of the RF (Participation in activities of a terrorist organization, up to 20 years of imprisonment). All persons involved in the case were also accused under p. 1 of Art. 30 and Art. 278 of the CC of the RF (Preparation to seizure of power, up to 10 years of imprisonment) for the actions, for which they are being sentenced under Art. 205.5 of the CC of the RF.

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