Human Rights Activist Ales Bialiatski Is Warned for ‘Knowingly False Delation’
On 17 April the human rights activist Ales Bialiatski was summoned to Minsk Savetski Borough Procurator’s Office. There he was issued a warning for violation of article 400 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (‘knowingly false delation’). The warning was issued in line with a comment of Ales Bialatski to the internet source www.charter97.org after the forcible dispersal of a peaceful protest on 25 March: ‘It’s an obvious provocation of the authorities. They have declared that even before the elections. The Minister of Interior Navumau said at a press conference that explosions and victims are expected among demonstrators. Now we have seen that. The Belarusian authorities, and namely Lukashenka and his power ministers bear the blame for all today’s events. Today the regime has used unprecedented cruelty against peaceful people.’
It is worth mentioning that the same warning has been issued to a well-known human rights activist, a deputy head of the UCP Liudmila Hraznova by Minsk Savetski Borough Procurator’s Office on 12 April. The warning was issued for the comment on the events of the Freedom Day to the Charter’97 press center as well.