Interrogations continue

2011 2011-02-08T17:31:21+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Policemen have recently phoned or visited families of Mikita Krasnou (an activist of Citizen campaign, election agent of Aliaksei Mikhalevich), Viachaslau Dziyanau (activist of Citizen campaign, election agent of Yaraslau Ramanchuk), Andrei Babitski (election agent of Andrei Sannikau), Uladzimir Kumets (a coordinator of Uladzimir Niakliayeu’s election campaign), Euroradio reports.

'The authorities intimidate relatives of activists to suppress the opposition. But these actions only turn the public opinion in the country and abroad to opposition members. Persecution of relatives is unacceptable. It discredits the Belarusian authorities s in the eyes of the international society,' Kumets said.

On 7 February the presidential candidate Uladzimir Niakliayeu was taken to KGB from his house (where he is kept under home arrest). He was interrogated for about an hour. His attorney, Tamara Sidarenka, refused to tell any details because the lawyers of figurants of the 'mass riot' case gave written undertakings not to disclose the information related to the case.

On 8 February Uladzimir Lemesh, an electioneering agent of Andrei Sannikau, was interrogated at the Savetski District Police Department of Minsk. It was the second interrogation so far. On 3 February he was interrogated by the KGB in Salihorsk.

Yuliya Pashko, a civil activist from Brest, was interrogated at the Brest Region KGB department. On 25 January the sisters Yuliya and Katsiaryna Pashko were issued with an official warning about inadmissibility of violation of the legislation, signed by justice advisor Aliaksandr Tochka. The official reason for the warning was their activities in the Belarusian Christian Democracy and the participation in the protest action of 19 December in Minsk.

On 7 February an activist of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Dzianis Sadouski received a telephone call from investigator Ivan Sanko. The investigator 'invited' the activist to come for an interrogation at 4 p.m. on 8 February.