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 Verdict to Crimean Tatar Zeitullaiev, as he proceeds to 20th day of hunger strike, to be passed on Wednesday

On April 26, the North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov (the Russian Federation) will pass a verdict to Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeitullaiev accused of being a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the organization banned in Russia.

A member of Consulate General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don told Censor.NET that the prosecutor's office requested to sentence Zeitullaiev to 17 years in prison. The Ukraine's diplomatic mission calls Zeitullaiev a political prisoner.

"I want to say salaam to my people, the citizens of Ukraine, who support me in this difficult time," Zeitullaiev addressed Ukrainians.

"I want to say that my strength has almost completely given out, but I am firm in my beliefs and I will always protect truth - the truth which I was initially clear about. The current situation, this second trial, which, I believe, by hook or by crook wants to impose a long prison term on me. I thank all those who support me. I will not stop this hunger strike until I hear the verdict since all the charges against me are completely trumped-up," he said.

See more: Two more Crimean Tatars detained in Russia-occupied peninsula. VIDEO+PHOTO

As reported, Zeitullaiev went on hunger strike April 4, protesting against crackdown on all Crimean Tatars on the peninsula. He also demands to stop criminal proceedings against him and Crimean Tatars Primov, Seifulaiev and Vaitov, and grant the consuls permission to visit him.

Zeitullaiev, Seifulaiev, Vaitov, and Primov earlier received prison terms. Zeitullaiev was sentenced to seven years in prison, but the prosecutors appeal against this decision requesting to increase his term to 17 years.

See more: "Zeitullaiev brought to court. He can't take part in debate, feels fatigue," - journalist. PHOTO
 
 
 
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