2017-03-22 12:33:00

Moscow mosque imam Velitov to face trial for public justification of terrorism - lawyer

Moscow, March 22, Interfax - The case against Mahmud Velitov, the imam of Moscow's Yardyam Mosque charged with public justification of terrorism, has been sent to courts, Velitov's lawyer Dagir Khasavov told Interfax.

"The indictment has been signed, and the case has gone to courts," Khasavov said on Wednesday.

The case will be heard by the Moscow District Military Court, he said.

If found guilty, Velitov may face up to five years in prison.

The investigation found that Velitov, who was chairman of the council and simultaneously imam of a religious organization, delivered a speech justifying activities of a member of the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (banned in Russia as a terrorist one) during a prayer at the mosque located in Khachaturyan Street on September 23, 2013. Velitov denies his guilt.