In Simferopol Crimean Tatar was arrested for publication on “VKontakte” social network

Дата: 21 February 2017
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Today, the Kyiv District Court of Simferopol sentenced Crimean Tatar Marlen Mustafayev to 11 days of an administrative arrest.

As reported by photographer and journalist Anton Naumlyuk on his Facebook page.

According to him, Mustafayev is accused of “demonstrating symbolic of the extremist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir” (part 1 Article 20.3 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation) in a publication on “VKontakte” social network in July 2014.

Naumlyuk reported that during the court hearing defense interceded for interrogation of the expert, who made the expert analysis and evaluated Mustafayev’s publications on social networks as extremist. Judge Mozhelyanskiy refused. Similar decision was made regarding the requests to review the materials of the case as part of the process and about the participation of the Prosecutor in the hearing.

“Ruslan Shambazov, the operative of the Center E, was questioned and he only said that all the materials are on a disk. Judge refused to review the files on the disk and went into the consultation room. Journalists’ requests for photo-video shooting were not even considered”, – wrote Naumlyuk.

As a reminder, in the morning on February 21, Crimean Tatar Marlen Mustafayev was detained on his way to work and was taken to the Center for Combating Extremism and security forces conducted a search in his house in Kamianka village. Police has also detained more than 10 Crimean Tatars, who came to Mustafayev’s house to witness the illegal search.

Mustafayev’s wife remained at home with a 4-month old daughter.

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