News for 21 Nov 2011

21.11.2011 Investigation into Yury Zakharanka case extended

The investigation into the case of former Interior Minister and opposition leader Yury Zakharanka, who was forcibly abducted in May 1999, has been extended until 24 December 2011, the Narodnaya Volya newspaper reports.

More Vitsebsk executive officials authorized to open administrative cases

21.11.2011 More Vitsebsk executive officials authorized to open administrative cases

Vitsebsk regional executive committee has released a decree which enables a wide range of local executive officials to initiate administrative trials.

Political prisoner Autukhovich goes on hunger strike in disciplinary cell

21.11.2011 Political prisoner Autukhovich goes on hunger strike in disciplinary cell

Vaukavysk entrepreneur Mikalai Autukhovich, who is currently serving his 5-year term for alleged illegal possession and transportation of firearms, keeps being harassed by the administration of Ivatsevichy penal colony, as he has been placed in a disciplinary cell for reported disobeying orders.

Salihorsk HR defenders report administrative obstacles to receiving legal aid

21.11.2011 Salihorsk HR defenders report administrative obstacles to receiving legal aid

A 23-year-old resident of the village of Starobin, Salihorsk district, accused of murdering his daughter was unable to meet with his lawyer for two months, say local activists of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee.

Karelichy prosecuting authorities persist in procedural abuses

21.11.2011 Karelichy prosecuting authorities persist in procedural abuses

Ivan Sheha, Slonim activist of the Belarusian Popular Front Party, has yet been unable to receive an official reply to his complaint against his detention by road police back on 8 October.

21.11.2011 Ihar Sluchak to appeal against decision on his arrest to Supreme Court

Ihar Sluchak from Homel has filed an appeal to the chair of the Supreme Court, Valyantsin Sukala.

KGB unwilling to return seized video camera

21.11.2011 KGB unwilling to return seized video camera

Zmitser Salauyou, Mahiliou leader of the Belarusian Popular Front “Adradzhenne”, has been unable to recover the video camera seized by local KGB officers during a search at the activist’s residence on 15 January 2011.

21.11.2011 Rechytsa BCD activist detained by police

Rechytsa road police have reportedly detained local activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Kastus Zmushko as he was returning home together with his brother last evening, Radio Racyja reports.

Brest resident appeals “silent protest” fine

21.11.2011 Brest resident appeals “silent protest” fine

Brest resident Taras Berazhnoi has lodged a complaint with the Supreme Court against a fine for alleged involvement in a “silent protest” on 29 June.

Former police lieutenant-colonel accuses policemen of false witness

21.11.2011 Former police lieutenant-colonel accuses policemen of false witness

Former lieutenant-colonel of Salihorsk financial police Viktar Malochka keeps fighting for the rehabilitation of his rights, reportedly violated by two arbitrary detentions during so called “silent protests” on 15 and 22 June.

Baranavichy activist appeals conviction of involvement in People’s Assembly

21.11.2011 Baranavichy activist appeals conviction of involvement in People’s Assembly

Baranavichy activist Viktar Syrytsa has a lodged a complaint with Brest Regional Court against a BYR 875,000 fine for involvement in the organization of the People’s Assembly on 8 October.

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