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They did not appear in court: witnesses for the prosecution of the Yalta Hizb ut-Tahrir group allegedly fear for their lives

April 26, 2019 14:54 0 260
On Friday, April 26, the interrogation of witnesses for the prosecution in the Yalta group of the "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" once again broke down at the North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don.

During the meeting it became clear that “the prosecution witnesses did not appear in court. The reasons for the failure to appear before the court are unknown. Secret prosecution witnesses – Mekhmetov, Starovoy and Ibragimov, whose interrogation along with other witnesses was scheduled for today's meeting, also did not appear in court,” the Crimean Solidarity activists report.

According to the prosecutor, all the “prosecution witnesses fear for their lives, since the defendants allegedly could be a threat to them.”

For example, the witness Ibragimov is an employee of the Center for Countering Extremism. Previously, he also refused to take part in the meetings and did not appear in court under various pretexts, and the witness Starovoy, according to the same prosecutor, left the Russian Federation territory for fear of threats from the defendants.

However, the prosecution witnesses were summoned to the next meeting, scheduled for May 17.

Because of the non-appearance of witnesses for the prosecution, a hearing was launched to extend the preventive measure to the defendants. As the result, the court decided to extend the measure of restraint for the defendants in the form of detention until August 18, 2019.

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