Only one accused left in "espionage case"

2013 2013-04-03T16:36:11+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Illia Bahdanau, an activist of the unregister "Union of Young Intellectulas" (photo by

Illia Bahdanau, an activist of the unregister "Union of Young Intellectulas" (photo by

Navapolatsk member of the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Illia Bahdanau said he was again transferred to the status of a witness in the criminal case on "high treason". His ally, 23-year-old operator of the "Naftan" enterprise Andrei Haidukou, remains the only suspect in unlawful contacts with foreign security services.

Mr. Haidukou has been kept in custody since 8 November 2012. During all this time he has been at Minsk KGB prison with the exception of a month in Vitsebsk remand prison.

Initially, Illia Bahdanau was a witness in the case. At the end of 2012, after being interrogated by investigator Barysevich, he was declared a suspect. About a week ago his status was changed to the status of a witness again. However, Mr. Bahdanau didn't tell journalists about it for some time, as anything can be expected from secret services.

What concerns Andrei Haidukou, who is accused in "high treason by intelligence activities", the secret of investigation remains a secret: the investigation is prolonged month after month and no information is given.

Haidukou's friends and relatives consider the espionage charges against him as absurd and state that they are connected with his opposition-mindedness. According to them, he used to receive threats from people in mufti prior to his detention.

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