The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened criminal proceedings over searches, held in occupied Crimea on April, 18 -19, unlawful detentions of several people allegedly involved in the organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir," as well as searches of the Crimean journalists, according to the website of the ARC Prosecutor's Office.

-The authorities, illegally appointed in temporarily annexed peninsula of Crimea, once again on trumped-up reasons violate fundamental rights to freedom, personal immunity, inviolability of home or other property that are guaranteed not only by the Constitution of Ukraine, but a number of international acts as well, reads the message.

Prosecutor's Office of Crimea has opened a number of criminal proceedings under Part 2 Section 146 of the Criminal Code (illegal deprivation of liberty) and Part 2 Section 162 of the Criminal Code (violation of the inviolability of dwelling).

Under Part 2 Section of the Law of Ukraine "On ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine," the above-mentioned materials of the criminal proceedings have been sent to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to determine jurisdiction.

As QHA reported earlier, the morning of April 20, the Russian Security Forces "arrived on a visit" to the house of a journalist Zair Akadyrov who was out of Crimea during the "investigative actions."

April, 19 a wave of searches swept through the journalists’ houses in Crimea. By the order of the Crimean Prosecutor's Office, the Security Forces raided the house of a Crimean journalist Nikolai Semena. Following the search he was taken away for interrogation and as a result given a written pledge not to live.

On April, 19 the Russian Security Forces also raided the houses of the other seven Crimean journalists in the cities of Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta.

Due to a wave of searches and detentions of journalists in annexed Crimea, Ministry of Information Policy has come up with an appeal to the OSCE, the Law Enforcement Agencies of Ukraine and international organizations.