55 witnesses have already defended the participants of the "third Bakhchisaray case"- lawyer
In the Southern District Military Court of Rostov-on-Don, four more defence witnesses were questioned at a regular hearing on Hizb ut-Tahrir members of the third Bakhchisaray group. The total number of witnesses who positively characterize the defendants reached 55.
Lawyer Edem Semedlyaev reported about it to Crimean solidarity.
"These are neighbours, friends, relatives from Bakhchisaray who have known our clients for a long time, who have visited the Takhtali-Jami mosque, where, according to them, no hidden, secret meetings were held, and the guys are known only on the positive side", - the defender said.
The total number of defence witnesses who positively characterized the defendants is 55 against two hidden prosecution witnesses, who answer the lawyers' questions that they do not remember anything.
According to Semedlyaev, at the meeting, the official witness who took part in the identification of Seytumer Seytumerov was also interrogated.
"He does not remember anything about procedural issues. He called the identification "an interrogation". When asked if his rights and responsibilities were explained to him, he replied negatively", - the lawyer explained.
What is known
- On March 11, 2020, in occupied Bakhchisaray, the houses of Crimean Tatars: Enver Mustafayev, Amet Suleymanov, brothers Seitumer and Osman Seitumerov, as well as their uncle Rustem Seitmemetov were searched.
- They were taken into custody on suspicion of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, except for Mustafayev. Due to his health condition, he was put under house arrest. According to lawyers, the main "evidence base" against the participants in this "case" is the testimony of hidden witnesses about conversations on forbidden religious topics in the mosque.
- Memorial recognized Crimean Tatars from the third Hizb ut-Tahrir Bakhchisaray group as political prisoners.