Bialiatski's lawyer passed passes 816 personal guarantees to Financial Investigations Department

2011 2011-09-02T17:27:09+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 2 September the lawyer of Ales Bialiatski passed 816 personal guarantees for Ales Bialiatski to the Minsk City and Region Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee. The signers of the papers ask the investigations to change the restraint to the human rights defender to a written undertaking not to leave.

Bear in mind that Article 121 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Republic of Belarus provides bailment as one of the measures of restraint. The essence of this measure is that persons who are more than 18 years old, address the procuracy with petitions asking to change the restraint to an imprisoned person to a written undertaking not to leave.

Ales Bialiatski, Chairperson of the Human Rights Center Viasna and vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), was detained on 4 August 2011 within the framework of a criminal case brought under Part 2 of Article 243 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, "Concealment of income on a large scale". This article envisages up to seven years of imprisonment with confiscation of property.

On 12 August Ales Bialiatski was given official charges. The term of his detention was prolonged for at least 2 months.

On 16 August the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk turned down the lawyer's complaint against the measure of restraint to Mr. Bialiatski.