A hearing at the North Caucasus Military District Court in the criminal case against four Crimean Muslims accused of terrorism is to be held on June 1, 2016. Despite the fact that the hearing is due to start in five days, the defendants Ruslan Zeytullaev, Rustem Vaitov, Ferrat Sayfullaev and Nuri Primov have already been transported to Rostov.

“They have been transported so early to put pressure on them, because living conditions there are even tougher,” Zair Smedlyaev, Head of the Qurultai Central Election Commission, told QHA.

It was reported earlier that a preliminary hearing in the criminal case against four Crimean Muslims accused of terrorism was held on May 18, 2016. After two-hour decision-making the judge nevertheless dismissed the defence motion and extended the detention until October 2016.

Ruslan Zeytullaev was detained January 23, 2015, on trumped-up charges in "Hizb-ut-Tahrir" case and accused of committing a crime under Part 2 Art. 205.5 of the Russia’s Criminal Code (participation in the organization recognized as terrorist under the legislation of the Russian Federation). Ferrat Sayfullaev, Rustem Vaitov and Nuri Primov have also been arrested on the same charges and kept in custody.  Ruslan Zeytullaev is misrepresented as the leader, while the others – as members of the "international terrorist organization."

According to the lawyer Emile Kurbedinov, the judgment is very "scarce" and does not provide any evidence of the detainees’ terrorist activity.