Zinaida Hanchar persistent about investigation
Zinaida Hanchar, widow of the disappeared politician Viktar Hanchar, has addressed Mrs. Giovanna Zucchelli, secretary of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, with a letter demanding to oblige the Belarusian authorities to provide comments on the information stated by President Lukashenka during his recent interview with a number of Russian mass media.
In her letter, Mrs. Hanchar says that ‘the recent communication by the Belarusian government of 3 February 2009 states that the investigation of the disappearance of Mr. Hanchar has been extended till 24 March 2009 and that so far the prosecutor does not have any new information on the matter.’ However, in his interview with the Zavtra Russian newspaper of 10 June 2009, President Lukashenka named a number of reasons for the murder of the persons, who are still considered missing.
Aliaksandr Lukashenka said that ‘two of the disappearances were business-motivated murders; certain traces of the criminals have been recently discovered in Germany.’
The widow of the disappeared politician calls upon the Belarusian authorities to comment on Lukashenka’s statement, promising to do her best to determine the trustworthiness of Lukashenka’s statement.
The appeal is due to be considered during the 88th session of the Working Group in Rabat, Morocco, from 26 to 28 June 2009.