General Prosecutor's Office refused to abolish warning to Tamara Siarhei

2013 2013-06-10T16:19:35+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Lawyer Tamara Siarhei

Lawyer Tamara Siarhei

On 23 April Deputy Prosecutor General Aliaksandr exander Lashyn delivered an official warning to lawyer Tamara Siarhei about criminal responsibility under Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code for the organization of the activities of an unregistered public association – Civil Initiative against lawlessness in the courts and the prosecutor's office.

Tamara Siarhei appealed the warning to the Prosecutor General. However, the acting Prosecutor General, Mikalai Kuklis, refused to hold an audience with her and upheld the official warning.

Tamara Siarhei: "I consider this decision by the Prosecutor General as unreasonable and unlawful because all my arguments set out in the application and based on the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by the country, were ignored by it. The warning and the response to my complaint are based only on the opinions of the Prosecutor General and the officials and are not supported by factual materials.

I believe that Mikalai Kuklis was just afraid to meet with me, as the prosecutor's office is not an independent body, and had issued an illegal warning to me on order of the Presidential Administration. I regard the ctions of the Presidential Administration and the General Prosecutor's Office as an act of psychological pressure."

Tamara Siarhei plans to go to court.