"Spy" Haidukou's friend interrogated at KGB again

2013 2013-01-11T16:52:01+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/bagdanau_illia.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Illia Bahdanau, an activist of the unregister "Union of Young Intellectulas" (photo by gazetaby.com)

Illia Bahdanau, an activist of the unregister "Union of Young Intellectulas" (photo by gazetaby.com)

Since the end of December 2012, an activist of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Illia Bahdanau has been the second suspect in the case of "high treason", initially brought only against the Navapolatski civil activist Andrei Haidukou.

The investigator Aleh Barysevich decided that there were some discrepancies in thetestimonies of the activists and decided to stage a confrontation.

Most probably, it will take place at the Minsk pre-trial prison on 15 January, stated Illia BAhdanau after another interrogation at the Vitsebsk KGB Bureau. He did not reveal any other details, as he gave a written undertaking not to disclose any information concerning the investigation. The interrogation took place in presence of Bahdanau's counsel and lasted for three hours.

After the interrogation, Mr. Bahdanau was let go – the restraint was not changed. Nevertheless, Andrie Haidukou, detained on 8 November in Vitsebsk while "making a hiding place", is still kept in the pre-trial prison of the KGB. He has been kept in custody for two months already: at first he was put in the pre-trial prison of the KGB in Minsk, then – transferred to the pre-trial prison in Vitsebsk, and then, at the end of the year – returned back to Minsk.

Haidukou's friends and relatives are worried about his fate, as in his last letters home he wrote about "huge falsifications", state that the charges of espionage are absurd and connect the pressurization on the part of the KGB with his civil activities. Earlier Mr. Haidukou had been detained during silent protests, had received threats from "people in mufti" for his views. Several days prior to the detention he was preparing documents for registration of the NGO "Union of Young Intellectuals".

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