On July 27, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will consider the appeal against the sentence to defendant in the Sevastopol «Hizb ut-Tahrir case» Ruslan Zeitullayev. Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov posted this information on Facebook.
«It has been reported that the Supreme Court of Russia in the city of Moscow will consider the appeal against the sentence made by the North-Caucasian district military court in Rostov-on-Don with regard to «Ruslan Zeitullayev’s case» at 10 a.m. on July 27», - Kurbedinov wrote.
On April 26, the North-Caucasian military district court sentenced «Hizb ut-Tahrir case» Ruslan Zeitullayev to 12 years of imprisonment.
After that, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted an appeal against the sentence made by the North-Caucasian district military court in Zeitullayev’s case, to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.
The officials of the Russia’s Prosecutor General stated that imposing «a less severe punisment than the one prescribed for this crime is possible only under extraordinary circumstances». According to the state prosecutor, there were no such circumstances in this case.
Previously, Ruslan Zeitullayev declared the intention to announce the third hunger-strike before the consideration of the appeal in his case.
On September 7, 2016 the North-Caucasian found Zeitullayev guilty of «participation in a terrorist community» and sentenced him to 7 years of imprisonment. The Russian Prosecutor appealed this decision in the Supreme Court of Russia, and the case was sent back to the North-Caucasian district military court for reconsideration. The investigative bodies demanded Zeitullayev should be reckoned not a participant, but an organizer of a terrorist community.