14 April 2008, 12:47
Six suspected Islamic extremists arrested in Bashkortostan
Ufa, April 14, Interfax - Branches of the international extremist organization, Hizb ut-Tahrir, banned in Russia, have been crushed in Bashkortostan and six suspected extremists have been arrested.
Police and security services conducted searches at 22 addresses linked with Hizb ut-Tahrir in Ufa, Salavat, Sibai, Baimak and the village of Zirgan in the Maleuzovsky district on April 3, the Federal Security Service Department for Bashkortostan told Interfax.
Four criminal cases were opened on charges of forming or running a religious, public or other organizations linked with extremism.
The Kirovsky district court in Ufa ordered the detention of six citizens on these charges.
An investigation is under way. No further details were given about the suspects in the interests of the investigation.
Earlier reports said that Bashkortostan's Supreme Court sentenced nine activists of the organization's local cell in August 2005 to 3.5 to 8.5 years in jail on charges of terrorism, forming and running a criminal organization, and illegal possession of explosives and weapons.
Improvised bombs, grenades, ammunition, a map of Ufa marking busy places and official headquarters, and literature popularizing the ideas of Hizb ut-Tahrir, were seized during searches at the convicted extremists' apartments.