MOSCOW, February 15 (RAPSI) – The Moscow District Military Court on Friday sentenced nine members of Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization banned in Russia to prison terms ranging from 11 to 16 years, the court’s press service told RAPSI.

Three defendants were found guilty of organizing a terrorist group, other six persons were convicted of participation in a terrorist organization.

Prosecutors earlier asked the court to sentence three defendants to 17 years in high security prison and demanded 13 years for the others.

According to attorney Dagir Khasavov, three convicts pled not guilty but confirmed their Hizb ut-Tahrir membership. However, they do not regard the organization as terrorist. Other defendants denied involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir.