10:58 May. 12, 2016
Police raided and searched Tatars' homes on occupied peninsula, arrested four persons
Four Tatars were arrested by the police in Russian-occupied Crimea on Thursday, May 12. The so-called local authorities accused them of taking part in "terrorist organisation" Hizb ut-Tahrir, prohibited by Russia.
The information about the arrests was published by Zair Smedlya, a Crimean Tatar activist and representative.
"After searches armed men has taken one of the Tatars to a, probably, police department. The searches continue. It seems, the law enforcers want to demonstrate to a Russian ombudsman, that human rights and freedoms are not violated in Crimea!", Smedlya posted on Facebook.
The fact of the arrest was later confirmed by the so-called Crimean prosecutor Nataliya Poklonskaya.
"We are investigating a criminal case against three citizens of Crimea on suspicion of participation in terrorist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir. Another suspect is accused of creating a terrorist group on the peninsula", Poklonskaya claimed in an interview.
Russia has been detaining and arresting Crimean Tatars on a regular basis since it occupied the peninsula. On May 7 police apprehended 25 people at the central market. The day before that police raided a local mosque and captured one hundred Tatars.
Ukraine and the West have repeatedly criticised Russia's actions towards the people. They have called on Moscow to stop violating the rights and freedoms of those who opposed the Kremlin.