Maskouski Borough Court In Minsk Started Kazulin’s Trial
At 12 o’clock Alaksej Rybakou, the judge, ordered everyone to leave the court room. As “Radio Liberty” journalist reports, the state prosecutor announced that Volha Kazulina, culprit’s daughter and lawyer by education, didn’t have the right to defend her father as she didn’t have corresponding license. According to the law, close relatives are empowered to defend their family members without any license.
The trial began with delay and only relatives, foreign diplomats, defenders and several journalists were allowed into the court room. The administration explained that by lack of space in the room, but as Aleh Vouchak, human rights defender, says, there are about 10 unknown people inside, very possibly they are KGB officers.
The defending side submitted several petitions, among them the motion to give a bigger room for trial. Alaksandr Kazulin moved for change of restraint and freeing him from custody as the crimes he is charged with are not serious.
When Kazulin was convoyed to the court room, the present people greeted him with 3-minutes’ applause.
Famous politicians and public figures came to the trial to express their solidarity with the culprit, among them Alaksandr Milinkevich, Mikola Statkevich, Vincuk Viachorka, Valery Levaneuski.