One More Month of Custody to Marynich
According to “Charter’97”
On 26 August the head of the investigative department of KGB in Minsk and Minsk region Nikanovich stated that the detention term to Mikhail Marynich (public activist, former minister of foreign relations of Belarus, former Ambassador of Belarus in Latvia, deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the 12th and the 13th Convocations) would become at least a month longer due to the initiation of another criminal case against him.
According to Marynich’s attorney Vera Stramkowskaya, the case was brought upon part 4 of article 210 of the Criminal Code of Belarus. M. Marynich is charged with theft of equipment at the organization “Business Initiative” he heads. Marynich can receive 8-15 years of jail in the case he is found guilty. He has been kept in custody for four months already on the charge of illegal storage of arms. The majority of experts, questioned by the institute of social-economical and political research, are sure of the political nature of his criminal persecution.