News for 26 Dec 2010
26.12.2010 23 suspects in “mass riots” criminal case (updated)
The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has been monitoring the criminal charges brought against Belarusian politicians and civil activists, following the brutal dispersal of the 19 December peaceful protest in MInsk. As of 26 December, twenty three persons have been declared suspects in a criminal case over “mass riots” on 19 December. They may face up to 15 years of imprisonment. 21 of them are currently in the KGB's pre-trial prison. Ryhor Kastusiou released on his own recognizance. The whereabouts of Dmitry Us is still unknown. The deadline for brigning official charges is December 29. Apart from that, three activists, detained ahead of the rally, are facing criminal charges for "disorderly conduct".