Mahiliou: court turned down Alieh Aksionau's appeal

2013 2013-07-11T19:06:28+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 10 July the Leninski District Court of Mahiliou didn't grant the appeal of an activist of the organizing committee of the party Belarusian Christian Democracy against a warning issued to him by the KGB on 19 April, allegedly for his activities on behalf of an unregistered organization (a crime under Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code).

Judge Valiantsina Lapatsina stated that the Mahiliou Regional KGB Department issued the warning lawfully. The reason for the warning were the Internet publications, where Aleh Aksionau represented the organizing committee of the Belarusian Christian Party.

The activist was summonsed to the trial unexpectedly. He didn't receive any writ. Instead of it, he received a telephone call from the court and was asked why he hadn't come to the court sitting the day before. "I answered that I wasn't informed about it", says Aleh Aksionau, "and they told me to come as soon as possible, as they were waiting for me".

The activist says that he is dissatisfied with the court verdict and is going to appeal it at higher court instances. "I am engaged in the process of the creation of our party and intend to continue the activities aimed at its legalization. The activities on behalf of the organizing committee of the party must not be persecuted," says Aleh Aksionau.

Bear in mind that he is currently under the preventive supervision of the KGB, established over him for alleged activities on behalf of unregistered organization.