Akramjon Abdullaev and Nematjon Isroilov in the courtroom. Photo by Konstantin Volgin for the Caucasian Knot

27 October 2018, 16:19

Kyrgyz natives convicted in Rostov-on-Don for belonging to Hizb ut-Tahrir*

The North-Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don has sentenced two citizens of Kyrgyzstan to 15 and 13 years of imprisonment, claiming their membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir (an organization recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia by the court).

According to the prosecution, since 2015, Akramjon Abdullaev and Nematjon Isroilov had been active members of Hizb ut-Tahrir*. They were spreading the ideology of the banned organization by studying its materials and improving their propaganda skills. They were detained in the Crimea.

The citizens of Kyrgyzstan were charged under two articles: the participation in the activities of a terrorist organization (Part 2, Article 205.5, of the Russia's Criminal Code) and involvement in terrorist activities (Part 1, Article 205.1, of the same Code). During the court sessions, they refused to plead guilty.

For over 18 months, the defendants held meetings and individual conversations with their three acquaintances by injecting the ideas of the banned organization into them "under the guise of studying the traditional Islam," the accusation has pointed out. The ideas assumed the creation, including in the territory of Russia, of the "Global Islamic Caliphate", the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports with reference to the indictment.

* The organization has been recognized as terrorist in Russia and banned by the court

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 27, 2018 at 04:54 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Konstantin Volgin; Source: CK correspondent

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