Two Crimean nationals were arrested in Antalya for their involvement in the terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir*, lawyer Mustafa Kojamanbasim told TOP NEWS.
“Limar and Osman Osmanovs, Crimean Tatars with Ukrainian citizenship, arrived in Turkey in 2014. The prosecutor’s office is demanding a 7.5-year prison sentence for membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir*, although the Turkish Constitutional Court did not recognize it as terrorists. Along with them, another 12 Turkish citizens have been arrested on the same charges,” the agency’s interlocutor said.
According to Kojamanbashim, his defendants “had conversations on Islamic topics in social networks, gathered for Islamic lessons, organized conferences and panels, but there are no penalties for the above actions in Turkish law.
“The Islamic Liberation Party* (“Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami”), which aims to eliminate non-Muslim governments and create a “world Islamic caliphate”, has been recognized as a terrorist in a number of countries. In Russia, its activities were banned by a 2003 Supreme Court decision.
In mid-September, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced seven members of Hizb ut-Tahrir*, who were detained in the Crimea for propaganda and recruitment, to 13 to 19 years’ imprisonment. Another defendant was found not guilty. Then the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a condemnation of this sentence.
At the same time, the U.S. State Department in July published a report on the observance of religious freedom in the world, in which it again accused Moscow of persecuting members of Jehovah’s Witnesses* and Hizb ut-Tahrir*.