20 Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters detained in Moscow area on suspicion of extremism

Some 20 supporters of the Hizb ut-Tahrir radical Islamist organization, which is outlawed in Russia, have been detained in and outside of Moscow, and another several dozen are being investigated for their possible involvement in extremist activity, a source in the Moscow area's security services told Interfax on Oct. 20.

Some 20 supporters of the Hizb ut-Tahrir radical Islamist organization, which is outlawed in Russia, have been detained in and outside of Moscow, and another several dozen are being investigated for their possible involvement in extremist activity, a source in the Moscow area's security services told Interfax on Oct. 20.

"During search operations in Moscow and the Moscow region, some 20 people were detained as part of criminal investigations opened under articles of the Russian Penal Code concerning the organization of terrorist activity or participation in extremist organizations," the source said.

The majority of those detained are active members of Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami and have been engaged in recruiting potential members for extremist organizations for quite a long period of time, he said.

Computers and banned books containing extremist and terrorist elements have been confiscated from them, he said.

"Several dozen people more are being investigated for their possible involvement in the activities of extremist organizations in Russia," he said.

Earlier on Oct. 20, Moscow's Lefortovo Court remanded Obidzhon Dzhurabayev and Abdukayum Makhsudov, who have been accused of recruiting people for a terrorist organization, into custody.

A court spokesman told Interfax that the court had ruled in favor of investigators' request seeking a custodial term for the suspects.

According to the case files, the two face charges of organizing the activities of a terrorist organization (Part 1 of Article 205.5 of the Russian Penal Code). They have been remanded into custody until December 13, 2015.

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