Criminal charges against Aliaksei Shchadrou get dropped
became known, the criminal case which had been initiated this year by
the Shchuchyn District Police Department against philanthropist
Aliaksei Shchadrou, was dropped in September. The appropriate ruling
was issued on 11 September and received by Mr. Shchadrou on 24
September. According to the ruling, he is not currently threatened
with punishment under Article 193.1 of the Criminal Code (activity on
behalf of unregistered organization). The Christian believer now
hopes that no one will interfere with his charitable activities since
during the past few months he managed to register the private social
institution "Believe in yourself" with the assistance of
various human rights organizations.
The criminal case was dismissed with reference to paragraph 11 of Part 1 of Art. 29 CCP – a case must be dropped due to the existence of the reasons for the release from criminal responsibility under articles of the Special Part of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. Note to 193-1 of the Criminal Code states that a person who voluntarily stopped the actions provided for in this article and informed the state authorities about it, is exempt from criminal liability if his actions do not contain elements of another crime. This means that the decision on the case was taken with the account of the registration of the institution.
Bear in mind that Aliaksei Shchadrou has created a shelter for the socially disadvantaged and disabled in the village of Aliaksandrauka in the Shchuchyn district. In June this year he was accused of having organized the activities of unregistered religious organization and provided the conditions for its operation without registration in the manner prescribed by law.