ST PETERSBURG, Russia – At least six suspected members of a banned Islamic group have been arrested here in the second-largest city of Russia, local and foreign news services reported on Thursday.
The ITAR-TASS news service reported that the Kirov District Court in St Petersburg confirmed that four suspected members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir were sent to 45-day pretrial detention on June 25 and two suspected members were sent on June 26.
All six were detained on June 24. They are all reportedly Russian citizens. Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a London-based ‘political’ organisation that seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate. The Supreme Court in Russia banned the group in 2003, branding its members and supporters as extremists.