Kazan Court Upholds Sentence Of Closed Mosque Imam
November 22, 2013
A court in Kazan has upheld the two-year prison sentence previously handed down to the leader of a disbanded mosque in Russia's republic of Tatarstan.
Tatarstan's Prosecutor-General's Office announced on November 22 that Imam Rustem Safin's sentence now comes into force.
Safin, 41, was sentenced in September to two years in jail for being a member of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamic group and for propagating the group's ideas among Muslims attending the Al-Ikhlas Mosque in Kazan.
In January, Kazan police evicted members of the Al-Ikhlas community from their mosque for "failure to repair the building," which belongs to the city.
In May, Tatarstan's Supreme Court ordered that the Al-Ikhlas Muslim religious group be disbanded for what it called "extremist activities."
Based on reporting by procrf.ru and Interfax
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