Prosecutor demands a year of penal labor for book distributor
The sentence will be
pronounced in October District Court on 10 July. Book distributor Ales Yaudakha accused of doing
business illegally has informed Euroradio about it.
Yaudakha: "The sentence will be pronounced on July 10 at 10 a.m. The prosecutor would like to restrict my liberty without imprisoning me – so-called home penal labour".
Ales Yadakha may also be fined for 79 million roubles "to offset a disadvantage".
Bear in mind that Mr. Yaudakha sent books
written by famous Belarusian writers to different cities by post: Vasil Bykau, Uladzimir Arlou,
Mikola Yermalovich, Ryhor Baradulin, etc. The
office of the public prosecutor decided that it was illegal business and sued
him. The trial started last year and was suspended in November in connection
with the necessity to conduct an expertise of the case papers. The trial was
resumed in June. About 30 people have been interrogated (they had planned to
interrogate 230!) and previous statements of about 80 people have been read out.