Minsk City Court to Consider Volha Zavadskaya’s Suit against Prosecutor’s Office

2004 2004-11-16T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

At 2 p.m. on 25 November Minsk City Court will consider the complaint of Volha Zavadskaya against the actions of the members of the national prosecutor’s office who ignore her demand to re-consider the case concerning the kidnap of her son Zmitser Zavadski after the press-conference of A. Lukashenka and by this infringe upon her rights.

In August 2004 Volha Zavadskaya, whose son, ORT cameraman Zmitser Zavadski was kidnapped in July 2000, filed to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Belarus demand to renew the investigation of the case, brought on disappearance of her son in connection with new circumstances and interrogate A. Lukashenka as a witness.

At the press conference of 20 July 2004 President of the Republic of Belarus A.G. Lukashenko made a statement concerning the criminal cases, brought on the facts of disappearances of citizens of the Republic of Belarus: “What surprises me: if the relatives worry so much, why don’t you come to me. One person came to me, woman, you know the reason why I can’t call her surname. She came to me, I accepted her. She asked me about one man, I again don’t call his surname. I was impressed by this woman. She’s brave. I spoke with her for three hours and showed to her certain documents. If I gave publicity to them now, Zavadskiy’s case would turn into “anti-case”. By the way, it’s my only pain – Dima Zavadskiy. I am also very interested to find about the fate of this man.” From the Prosecutor’s office Volha Zavadskaya received the information that there wouldn’t be any answer because Prosecutor General Viktar Sheyman took the application it and gave no orders to the workers of the office concerning it.