2019-09-13 16:52:00

Imam Velitov, convicted for justification of terrorism, leaves colony in Astrakhan

Astrakhan, September 13, Interfax - Mahmud Velitov, imam of the Moscow mosque Yardyam, who was sentenced to three years in prison for justifying terrorism, has been released from the penal colony in Astrakhan after serving his term, his lawyer Dagir Khasavov said on Facebook.

"I have been released from prison. My respected lawyer and others have come to collect me. I hope to Allah I will never come back here," Velitov said in a short video posted on his defense lawyer's page on a social network.

The Moscow District Military Court on April 28, 2017 sentenced Velitov to three years in a general-security penal colony. He served his term in Astrakhan.

The court and the investigators found that the imam had given a speech justifying the activities of a member of the terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned on Russia, during a prayer in the Yardam mosque in September 2013.