Alyaksandr Kazulin Left In Prison
Investigation in the case of the former candidate in the presidential elections in Belarus, a former rector of the Belarusian State University Alyaksandr Kazulin refused to change the measure of restraint (imprisonment) for him. An application for release of Kazulin had been submitted by politician’s lawyer Ihar Rynkevich in connection with expiry of the measure of restraint’s term on May 25.
At the moment the politician and his lawyer are studying the materials of the case. The investigation in the case of the politician has been prolonged until July 1.
Alyaksandr Kazulin was detained during a forcible dispersal of a peaceful protest on March 25. On March 30 the leader of the Belarusian Socialist Democratic Party (Hramada) was charged in two articles of the Criminal Code.
On February 17 Alyaksandr Kazulin attempted to enter the National Press Center and hold a press conference as a candidate for presidency, which was viewed as hooliganism (Article 339 Part 2 of the Criminal Code). He was charged with the same offence after an episode on March 2, when Alyaksandr Kazulin broke a portrait of Lukashenka in the building of the police department of Kastrychnitski district of Minsk. As for the events of March 25, investigation believes that Kazulin is guilty of organizing a riot. He is charged with violation of the Article 342 Part 1 of the Criminal Code (organizing group actions violating public order, or active participation in them).