Pictured above: Imam Ismailov Faizulla.
Belgorod, Russia: On Tuesday, the Oktyabrsky district court of Belgorod sentenced Imam Ismailov Faizulla, who was found guilty of illegal possession of weapons and explosives.
According to the decision of the Russian Themis, Ismailov will be imprisoned for three years. He is to serve his sentence at the correctional colony of the General regime, reports «Interfax». The sentence will begin with consideration to [time served] from the moment of his initial arrest and detention on 13 December 2015.
The defense has said they are surprised with the decision of the court. «We were confident that the verdict would be acquittal. The court did not present any proof or fault of my client and he was not asked any questions. We are outraged by this verdict and we will appeal it, of course,» — said the lawyer for Ismailov, Andrey Sotnikov.
He added that the defense will seek full vindication of Faisulla Ismayilova from
We recall, the Imam of the Belgorod mosque and a member of the Muslim
religious organization «Peace and creation» Faizulla Ismailov was detained at the end of last year. It was at that time that more than 700 grams of TNT, f-1 fragmentation grenades, unified fuses for grenades, two TT pistols, a revolver without license plates and three bullets were discovered in the prayer-room of the mosque during a search. Also discovered on 12 December was «literature with extremist content».
Ismailov was charged with part 1 of article 222 – a section of the criminal code («Illegal possession of weapons and explosive substances»). In addition, he was accused of article 20.29 of the administrative code (Distribution of extremist materials»).
Last Friday, the court heard the last words of the spiritual leader of Muslims. Details about whether Ismailov admitted guilt were not disclosed due to the fact that the trial proceedings were closed to the public.
At the last hearing, only the introductory and operative parts of the judgment were read.
Earlier, in February 2016, the Oktyabrsky district court of Belgorod found Ismayilova guilty of distributing extremist materials and fined him 4.5 thousand rubles.
The court found that the illegal literature had been stored in a cabinet inside the closet belonging to the Imam, which is available to any parishioner. All of the eight books that were seized are on the Federal Ban list of extremist materials. One of the parishioners told law enforcement officials that he took the banned books to read.
Faizulla Ismailov tried to appeal the district court’s decision based on that penalty, but
the regional court let the charges stand without change.