COURT IMPRISONS SECOND MEMBER OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATION HIZB UT-TAHRIR
by Mikhail Telekhov
RAPSI, 28 June 2017
The Kirov district court of St. Petersburg selected the measure of prevention in the form of imprisonment under guard with respect to Tajikistan native Mirzobarat Mirzosharipov, suspected of participation in the activity of a terrorist organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir al Islami," a RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom.
The session was held behind closed doors.
Mirzosharipov is suspected of committing the crime according to part 2 of article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the RF (participation in the activity of an organization that in accordance with legislation of the Russian federation has been ruled to be terrorist). The court imprisoned Mirzosharipov until 30 July. An attorney told a RAPSI correspondent that his client categorically denies his guilt of the crimes he is charged with.
Earlier in the context of this criminal case the court imprisoned Dagestan native Magomed Azimov. A third figure in this case is Tajikistan citizen Farkhod Nurmatov, who was imprisoned by the Kirov district court of St. Petersburg back in January.
The Investigative Service of the Russian F.S.B. directorate for St. Petersburg and Leningrad province initiated in May 2014 a number of criminal cases for organizing and participating in the activity of the St. Petersburg cell of a terrorist organization of Hizb ut-Tahrir al Islami. At the time, more than 30 persons were arrested and at the same time searches were conducted in apartments and dormitories of the St. Petersburg State Naval Technological University. Nine persons in all were arrested. The prisoners included natives of Tajikistan Eldar Ramazanov, Karim Ibragimov, Ilias Kagarov, Makhumadinin Saliev, Gapur Magomedov, Roman Ivanov, Sergei Yablokov, Dmitry Mikhailov, and Isa Ragimov.
The case of Magomedov and Saliev was cut off into a separate proceeding, inasmuch as they made a pretrial agreement with the investigation and it was considered in the summer of 2015 by the Moscow district military court by special procedure. Both were sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in a colony of general regime. According to the testimony of the convicts, participants in the St. Petersburg cell of Hizb ut-Tahrir assembled from 2009 to April 2015 in apartments and dormitories of the technical university where Magomedov and Saliev lived. Ivanov and Yablokov were identified as leaders; both worked as janitors and according to the investigation it was they who recruited people into the cell. In March 2016 the court sentenced Ivanov and Yablokov to 13.5 and 12.5 years in a colony of strict regime. In August 2016 the court sentenced Ibragimov, Ramazanov, and Kagarov respectively to 17, 16, and 5 years in a colony of strict regime. In November 2016 the court sentenced Mikhailov to 16 years in a colony of strict regime and Ragimov to 12 years in a colony of strict regime.
Nurmatov and Akhimov served as witnesses in these criminal cases. (tr. by PDS, posted 28 June2017)
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