News for February 2011

Minsk police detain 7 UCP activists

28.02.2011 Minsk police detain 7 UCP activists

Seven activists of the United Civic Party of Belarus have been detained by the police in Minsk Kastrychnistkaya Square, reports the UCPB official web-site.

28.02.2011 Ales Bialiatski urges Prosecutor General to investigate torture reports

Ales Bialiatski, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights and chair of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has addressed Belarusian Prosecutor General Ryhor Vasilevich with a demand to investigate the alleged torture facts reported by former presidential candidate Ales Mikhalevich in his statement for the media on 28 February.

Borisovskiye novosti weekly keeps appealing police search

28.02.2011 Borisovskiye novosti weekly keeps appealing police search

Representatives of the Borisvoskiye novosti independent weekly keep appealing the search at the newspaper’s office carried out by Barysau police on 10 January.

28.02.2011 Barys Khamaida fined 1 million for white-red-white flag

The previous verdicts of "not guilty" pronounced by the Railway Court are being considered by the Regional Court.

28.02.2011 Ales Mihalevich tears KGB cooperation agreement asunder

The former presidential candidate has called the KGB prison a concentration camp where prisoners are tortured in the centre of Minsk.

28.02.2011 Pavel Seviarynets' case to be transferred to court soon

The materials of the criminal case against the co-founder of the BCD party Pavel Sieviarynets are being prepared for transferring to court.

Mazyr KGB interrogate independent observer Tseliapun

25.02.2011 Mazyr KGB interrogate independent observer Tseliapun

On 24 February KGB Mazyr officer Vasil Prykhodzka interrogated local pro-dem activist Uladzimir Tseliapun, who had maintained election observation during the 2010 presidential campaign.

More interrogations by police and KGB

25.02.2011 More interrogations by police and KGB

On 24 February Brest police interrogated local entrepreneur Stanislau Fedzko. The interrogator inquired about the businessman’s participation in the 19 December protest.

25.02.2011 First “Dec.19” sentence is appealed

Ihar Papkouski, Vasil Parfyankous’ lawyer has appealed his client’s sentence pronounced on February 17.

25.02.2011 Kastus Shytal to stand trial for breaking electoral legislation

He is accused of asking a professional lyceum student whether he came to vote early voluntarily, when he was an observer at the election.

President Lukashenka dismisses petition for pardon by two death convicts

25.02.2011 President Lukashenka dismisses petition for pardon by two death convicts

President Lukashenka has dismissed the petition for pardon by Andrei Burdyka and Aleh Hryshkautsou, said deputy chair of Hrodna Regional Prosecutor’s Office Mrs. Sviatlana Rakhman in an ONT TV channel program “Nonclassified Materials” on 22 February.

Activist involved in anarchists’ case faces charges for hacker attacks

25.02.2011 Activist involved in anarchists’ case faces charges for hacker attacks

Aliaksandr Frantskevich, one of the accused in so-called “anarchists” case currently in custody in Minsk pre-trial prison #1 in Valadarski Street, is now facing additional charges for hacker attacks on the official web-site of Navapolatsk town executive committee.

24.02.2011 Woman whose arm was broken by policemen to stand trial for disobedience

Svetlahorsk District Court may pronounce a sentence to entrepreneur Lilya Lahutsina on February 24.

24.02.2011 Vadzim Kabanchuk to be released form Akrestina today

However, the head of Akrestina detention centre threatened to start a criminal case against Vadzim.

24.02.2011 Catholics ask bishops to hold a brief for political prisoners

The appeal is signed by Catholic activists from dozens of Belarusian cities.

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