Businesswoman tortured by police, says Belarusian Deputy Prosecutor General

2009 2009-08-20T18:16:54+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Aliaksei Stuk, vice-head of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus, has officially admitted that the arrest of entrepreneur Sviatlana Dvaraninava was accompanied by grave legal violations.
According to Mrs.Dvaraninava, she has received an official reply, stating that upon completion of a special scrutiny Deputy Prosecutor General admitted that her rights had been violated during Mrs.Dvaraninava’s arrest in 2004 – she was illegally compelled to testify against herself and deprived of food and water for two days, which is considered as torture by the International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Mr.Stuk also said the person responsible for the abuse has been dismissed.
However, Deputy Prosecutor General failed to treat the incident as a grave violation of the criminal legislation, ‘resulting in reversal or modification of judgement.’
The businesswoman says she is going to appeal the decision with Prosecutor General and address President Lukashenka with a demand to assist in the situation.