Supreme Court Refuses to Accept Appeal to Recognize Election Invalid. Milinkevich Sends it by Mail
On March 31 the team of Alexander Kazulin, another former presidential candidate, brought an appeal to the Supreme Court demanding to recognize the election invalid. The Supreme Court accepted the appeal with more than 400 pages of registered facts of violation of the election law.
RFE/RL reports that the Supreme Court refused to accept a similar appeal from the team of Alexander Milinkevich. It was brought to the secretariat of the Supreme Court by Alexander Bukhvostau, head of Milinkevich’s initiative group. The secretariat refused to accept the appeal referring to the fact that Bukhvostau had no letter of attorney from Alexander Milinkevich. That is why the appeal was sent as a registered letter by mail.
Milinkevich’s appeal is written on 26 pages. However, it has more than 700 pages of appendices describing concrete facts of violation of the election legislation.
Alexander Milinkevich speaks about the prospects of his appeal in the Supreme Court: “On one hand we know that there is no fair judicial system in Belarus and we realize the Supreme Court will repeat the decision made by the Central Election Committee. However, it is very important for us to demonstrate that we go through every stage of the official procedure, that we are people who demand justice and act according to the law. We do that to prevent propaganda that the opposition is only screaming but has no real facts and arguments. We have to have a serious document of protest”.