Operation Inspector of Slonim Financial Police Made Responsible for Illegal Treatment of Mikhas Varanets, head of the Will for Development NGO
In the end of March 2004 Mikhas Varanets was summoned two times by Slonim financial police lieutenant Uladzimer Yurchak. The inspector wanted to clarify the situation regarding the fact that the NGO’s “failure to pay” taxes on the TACIS program. During the conversation Yurchak made a number of violations: he failed to explain Mr. Varanets his rights, applied psychological pressure against him, used threats, etc. Yurchak used the information he received during the preliminary investigation to press charges against Varanets for “tax evasion”.
On 22 April Mikhas Varanets complained against Yurchak’s actions to the Board of Department for Financial Investigation of the State Control Committee of Hrodna region. On 20 May the head of the Board reported, “Yurchak was made financially responsible for violations of the investigation procedure”.
“I hope the decision of the regional Board of the Department for Financial Investigation regarding Yurchak is not just a forced reaction to my complaint, but a principle position”, comments Mikhas Varanets.