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 More witnesses refuse from testimonies in Crimean Tatar case in Rostov

At today's hearing of the North Caucasus district military court of the Russian Federation in Rostov, Ruslan Fetaev has completely withdrew his testimony from the case, in which he was stating that four suspected Crimean Tatars were members of Russian-banned organization Hizb ut-Tahrir.

This is reported by Censor.NET's correspondent from the court room.

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For the hearing, Ruslan Fetaev was in a court in Sevastopol, Crimea, and communicated with the Rostov court via a conference call. During the interrogation, he said he was never a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, and he didn't know whether the suspects - Crimean Tatars Ruslan Zeitullaiev, Ferat Seifullaev, Rustem Vaitov, and Yurii (Nuri) Primov - were its members.

Prosecutor Hennadii Trukhanov read our a protocol of the interrogation of Ruslan Fetaev, which is completely different from his today's testimony. The document, signed by the witness, reads that the witness was a member of the organization together with the suspects. At today's hearing, Fetaev said he wasn't aware what he was signing.

When asked by Judge Viacheslav Korsakov about who made him withdraw his testimony, Fetaev said it was his own decision. The witness also said there was no pressure on him during the interrogation, but he was said that he would "follow the suspects."

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Another witness in the case, Fevzi Abliazizov, also partially withdrew his testimony.

As reported, Crimean Tatars Ruslan Zeitullaiev, Ferat Seifullaev, Rustem Vaitov, and Yurii (Nuri) Primov were detained in occupied Crimea in 2015 by Russian FSB. They were accused of participation in a terrorist group and recruitment of new members, and of covert anti-Russian propaganda.

According to the investigation, all of the suspects are members of Hizb ut-Tahrir party, which was announced terrorist organization in Russia. The organization operates unhindered in Ukraine. Coordinators of human rights organization Let My People Go Ukraine believe that these persons were detained for political reasons.
 
 
 
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