Part One of Article 205.5 of the Russian Criminal Code (organization of activities of an organization recognized as ‘terrorist’ in Russia, namely the local cell of the Islamic Party of Liberation (Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami)
May 12, 2016
up to 20 years in jail
Mamutov Enver Shevketovich (born 1975), Center for Civil Liberties office, 9-G Baseina Str., Apt. 25, Kyiv, 01004, Ukraine
days in custody
Enver Mamutov was born on August 28, 1975, and used to live in the Crimean town of Bakhchysarai. He is an observing Muslim and a father of seven. Enver was the only breadwinner for his children, wife, and her sick mother.
Early in the morning on May 12, 2016, the lock of his outer door was broken off with the crowbar. Up to ten armed men, some of them armed and masked, others in plain clothes, rushed in. They were accompanied by search witnesses while a call to a lawyer was not allowed. The street was blocked at both sides by vans and riot policemen. Mamutov was taken away, and his computer and phone were confiscated. On the same day, three more Muslims were arrested: Zevri Abseitov, Remzi Memetov, and Rustem Abiltarov. For five days after Enver’s detention, his wife and lawyer failed to obtain any information on his whereabouts.
Unlike most Crimean Muslims captured by Russian ‘law enforcers,’ Mamutov was accused under Part One of Article 205.5 of the Russian Criminal Code (‘organization of the activities of a terrorist organization’).
According to Mamutov’s defense, the prosecution has no substantial evidence of his involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir.
There is no information on physical violence applied to Mamutov in remand jail. However, other kinds of influence are used against prisoners there. The lawyer Emil Kurbedinov has depicted inhuman conditions characteristic of this facility: food with roaches; bedbugs and fleas who make sheets stained all over with blood; overcrowded cells, which result in the shortage of beds (thus detainees have to sleep taking turns) etc.
In addition, the Simferopol remand jail has problems of water supply. Water is periodically cut off despite the urgent need. Muslim prisoners are fed with pork (which is banned by Islam) and obstructed when trying to perform namaz.
In May 2016, the lawyer reported that Mamutov was
held in a single cell and deprived of the right to file complaints or pleas. His requests for a pen, paper or books from the prison library (the Quran, Criminal Code) stay ignored. Of three food parcels sent by his relatives, Mamutov has received only one.