The court has pronounced a sentence to organizers of the St. Petersburg cell of “Hizb ut-Tahrir

The Moscow district military court sentenced to 17 and 16 years of a colony of strict regime accused in the organization of the cell “Hizb ut-Tahrir (an organization banned in Russia) in St. Petersburg Karim Ibragimov and Eldar Ramazanov. About it RIA Novosti said the lawyer of one of defendants Svetlana Ratnikova.

In addition to five years of General regime, was sentenced one of participants of the cell, the native of Dagestan Ilyas Kagirov, added the defender.

The state prosecution requested the sentence of Ibragimov and Ramazanov to 19 years in a strict regime colony, however — to 6 years of General regime.

At the hearing on August 9 Ibragimov and Ramazanov pleaded not guilty. As stated in the court Ibragimov, the organization which consisted of the defendants, was called “Hizb ut-Tahrir, which he said translates as “Party of revival”. Ibragimov claimed that the organization is not subject to the law on combating terrorism, as Russia recognized as a terrorist group called Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami” (“Islamic liberation Party”).

“We are not jihadist group…In conversations with Muslims I do not create the spirit of Jihad. We have intellectual work to encourage people to live according to the laws of religion,” Ibrahimov said at the trial (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).

At the same time Kagirov told the court that he fully admits his guilt on charges of involvement in a banned organization.