News for 6 Feb 2009

06.02.2009 Police use violence during anti-Gypsy raid

On 5 January officers of Partyzanski district police department of Minsk detained more than 80 representatives of Gypsy minority in the Suburb of Stsiapianka and took fingerprints from them.

06.02.2009 Only a small part of confiscated property is returned to For Freedom’ movement

According to the ruling of Pershamaiski district court of Minsk only 9 out of the 39 confiscated items were returned to an activist of the For Freedom movement Aliaksei Kavalets.

06.02.2009 Office of Prosecutor General closes criminal cases against Anatol Liabedzka

The Office of the Prosecutor General of Belarus dropped the two criminal cases against the head of the United Civil Party Anatol Liabedzka. He has been informed about it today.

06.02.2009 Supreme Court upholds punishment of members of democratic candidate’s team

On 28 September 2008, the day before the election, three residents of Svetlahorsk, proxies of a candidate to the Parliament, were detained and fined.

06.02.2009 Prosecutor’s Office finds illegal closing of criminal case on vandalism in Kurapaty

The Prosecutor’s office of Minsk district found illegal the cessation of the criminal persecution of the youngsters suspected in acts of vandalism in Kurapaty forest, the place of mass burial of victims of Stalin’s repressions.

06.02.2009 Uliana ZAKHARANKA: ‘I think that I’m living my last days…’

On 6 January Uliana Zakharanka, mother of the ex-minister of interior Yury Zakharanka, missing since 1997, turned 85 years old. Narodnaya Volia took an interview with her.

06.02.2009 The chairman of the Constitutional Court sanctions mass-scale fingerprinting of Belarusians

At a press-conference in Minsk the chairman of the Constitutional Court Piatro Miklashevich has made a statement: ‘The Constitutional Court does not see any violations of citizens’ constitutional rights in fingerprinting’.

06.02.2009 Military officers confirm there was an order for drafting of Zmitser Khvedaruk

Zmitser Khvedaruk’s parents are gathering documents proving their son was unlawfully drafted for military service. They don’t have the results of the medical examination of Zmitser. They and staff of the college, where the activist studies, are gathering documents that may prove Zmitser was drafted into army unlawfully.

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