Case on defamation of BSDP to be considered by appellate court

2013 2013-06-14T16:10:48+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The administration of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party and its member Mikalai Zalozny filed appeals to the Mahiliou Regional Court against a verdict of the Leninski District Court of Mahiliou, asking to reverse the verdict and return the case for review.

The situation is commented by a member of the Presidium of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party Ihar Barysau:

"We appeal against the court verdict, as we are dissatisfied with it. The court dismissed a number of our petitions, during the trial, including the request to interrogate BelaPAN correspondent Ales Asiptsou, who spoke on the phone with the head of the Mahiliou dormitories Pavel Shyshou, who called our party and its member Mikalai Zalozny a gang. Asiptsou's record of the conversation wasn't heard and attached to the case file and the audio of the interview posted on BelaPAN website was not sent for examination. After the dismissal of our petitions we challednged the judge and the prosecutor, but this motion wasn't granted either."

The docial democrat says that a copy of the recording of the conversation between Ales Asiptsou and Pavel Shyshou was filed to the regional court along with a written transcription.

"During the trial, Shyshou refused having called our party a gang. He stated that the voice on the recording is not his and that it was a montage. According to him, somebody really called him and the conversation concerned the eviction of Mikalai Zalozny from a dormitory, but the man who called didn't introduce himself, didn't tell that he was a journalist, didn't call the media he represented and didn't warn he would record the conversation," says Ihar Barysau.

The member of the Presidium of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party says that as it can be heard at the audio recording, Pavel Shyshou introduces himself and the same is done by hte journalist. Moreover, the latter asks his request to record the conversation.