Viasna’s Marfa Rabkova to remain in pre-trial detention until at least January 17
Marfa Rabkova’s pre-trial custody has been extended by one more month, after over 90 days in detention, according to a decision by the city Prosecutor’s Office dated December 17. As a result, the manager of Viasna’s network of volunteers will remain in prison until at least January 17.
Marfa Rabkova was arrested on September 17 and later charged with “training or other preparation of persons for participation in mass riots, or financing of such activities” (Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code).
If found guilty, the human rights activist may be imprisoned for up to three years. Belarusian human rights defenders stress that Rabkova’s prosecution is political motivated, as it is related to her peaceful human rights activities.
Amnesty International urged the Belarusian authorities to release Marfa Rabkova, calling her a “prisoner of conscience, targeted solely for her peaceful human rights work.”
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