Arrest of Ales Bialiatski’s property cancelled
On January 28, Viasna leader Ales Bialiatski received a letter from the department of compulsory execution of Minsk’s Partyzanski district in response to his appeal against a decision to arrest part of his Minsk apartment where he lives with his family.
The decision to seize 18% of the apartment was issued on January 4.
As a result, head of the department, Ms. Liudmila Kabychkina, wrote that Ales Bialiatski’s appeal could not be granted, as “grounds for granting or refusing to meet the demands contained in A. Bialiatski’s complaint became irrelevant.”
The official explains that the Court of Pieršamajski district (which sentenced Ales Bialiatski on 24 November 2011 to imprisonment with confiscation of property) withdrew an earlier writ of execution in connection with a “mistake”. On this basis, the department withdrew its decision to freeze Ales Bialiatski’s assets and on January 22 ordered to close the execution procedures.
On 24 November 2011, Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months’ imprisonment with confiscation of property, including an apartment in Minsk, which was home to the NGO’s central office.