Brest: information in favor of the accused Vital Koush voiced at the court hearing

2013 2013-01-16T17:06:47+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Vital Koush

Vital Koush

On 15 January the hearings on the case of the civil activist Vital Koush, charged with assistance to illegal migration, continued at the Brest District Court.

According to the testimony of a border guard who participated in the detention of eight citizens of India who wanted to illegally cross the Belarusian-Polish border (according to the investigation, Vital Koush assisted this group). The border guard stated that the Indians had other guides who prepared them to the illegal crossing of the border on a rope.

It's worth reminding that after the deportation of the eight Indians from Belarus they recorded a video address in which they stated that during their detention in Belarus they had been subjected to torture and cruel treatment and had to give false testimonies against a man they hadn't known. It was Vital Koush, a former member of the Belarusian Popular Front and civil activist.

On 1 September 2012 he was forcedly detained by people in mufti before the eyes of his family and has been kept in custody since that time. Vital Koush pleads innocent.