Viktar Hanchar, disappeared 10 years ago, called as witness in blast case

2009 2009-04-21T17:37:12+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The vice speaker of the 13th Supreme Council must go to the Savetski district militia department of Minsk.

“On April 19, on Easter Day, we organized a picnic with children. When we returned, I found a summons in the mailbox. It said Hanchar Viktar must appear as a witness in the Savetski district militia department on April 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. investigator Spirydovich Hleb calls him. The summons contains a telephone number 331-04-27, one should phone it if he or she can’t go to the militia department. I think it is connected with the case of the bomb blast on July 4, 2008. It’s a mockery! This is ignorance of the situation in the country. Where do these people live, who does work in our militia?” Zinaida Hanchar, wife of the politician, told in an interview to “Belorusski Partizan”.

It’s not the first time when the politician, disappeared 10 years ago, is called to different agencies.

“How should I bare this? He disappeared ten years ago, but I receive invitations to vote every elections and now summons to militia. I think I will go to law, how long should I bare this mockery?” Zinaida Hanchar tells.

It should be reminded that in 1999–2000, Viktar Hanchar, first vice speaker of the 13th Supreme Council of Belarus and head of the Central Electoral Commission; businessman and public figure Anatol Krasouski; former interior minister and opposition politician Yury Zakharanka; ORT TV channel cameraman Zmitser Zavadski disappeared in Belarus. Nothing is known about the fate of these people.

The international community calls to find out further fate of the disappeared Belarusian oppositionists. Resolutions of UN Human Rights Commission, Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe and the OSCE urge to reveal the truth about the disappearances.

A number of Belarusian high-ranking officials, in particular minister of internal affaires Uladzimir Navumau, head of the president’s administration Viktar Sheiman, former minister of internal affaires Yury Sivakou, and former commander of special task squad Dzmitry Paulichenka are banned from entry into the EU countries and the US, because they are suspected of involvement in kidnapping of the oppositionists.