Brest: trial of Vital Koush resumed

2013 2013-03-07T17:31:47+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

The break in the court proceedings was connected with the fact that the accusation had made mistakes in the surnames of the Indian citizens, who had been detained on the border and whom Mr. Kousha allegedly assisted.

Vital Koush is being tried for "facilitation to illegal migration": according to the investigation, he tried to help eight Indians in crossing the Belarusian-Polish border on a rope. A break in the hearings was announced due to mistakes in the documents, and the prosecutor had to change the formulation of the charges.

At the same time, Brest District Court refused to view the video addresses of the Indian citizen made by them after deportation from Belarus. In these videos the citizens stated they had been forced to give false testimonies against the people they hadn't known.

Vital Koush, a father of two children, has been kept in the remand prison since September 2012 despite the repeated solicitations for a change of the restraint. Before the imprisonment, Mr. Koush used to take an active part in various civil and political campaigns, including as an observer at the presidential elections of 2010.