Human rights defender Ales Bialiatski arrested (updated)
Bialiatski, Chair of the Human Rights Center Viasna,
was detained at about 4.45 p.m. near Peramoha Square, by people in
mufti who introduced themselves as officers of financial police. This
is all he managed to tell to his colleague Uladzimir Labkovich on the
phone. Then he was prohibited to talk.
Maybe, he was detained by the same group of people in mufti who watched outside the house where the office of the Human Rights Center Viasna is situated.
Several documents were taken away as a result of the search at the office of the Human Rights Center Viasna. A computer was confiscated at Bialiatski's apartment. The search at Viasna's office lasted from 7.55 till 8.50 p.m. in presence of two witnesses. Then officers of the Financial Investigations Department took Mr. Bialiatski away for an interrogation, where a lawyer was already waiting for him.
Bialiatski's wife and son were taken to their summer residence, where a search was conducted as well. Ales Bialiatski left copies of the minutes of the search and the inventory of the arrested property at the office.
Before the search Ales Bialiatski was presented a warrant dated 4 August 2011 and was proposed to voluntary surrender the items, documents and valuables that were liable to confiscation or had relation to the criminal case, to which he stated that he didn't have such things. The inventory of the confiscated items includes four letters of A4 format with signatures in foreign languages and sheet with handwriting with names of citizens and phone numbers. The inventory of the arrested property includes a Xerox, a computer table, a computer chair and a fax.
Late in the evening it became known that Ales Bialiatski was detained for 3 days to determine his status in the criminal case.