News on the topic: criminal persecution

Verdict in Andrei Bialiauski’s case: 1 year of home detention

12.01.2018 Verdict in Andrei Bialiauski’s case: 1 year of home detention

The court of Leninski district of Minsk has sentenced Andrei Bialiauski, former defendant in the ‘White Legion case’, to 1 year of conditional restraint of liberty (home detention) on charges of possessing an AK-47 cartridge.

Ex-defendant in ‘White Legion case’ charged with weapon possession

12.12.2017 Ex-defendant in ‘White Legion case’ charged with weapon possession

Andrei Bialiauski, who earlier faced charges in so-called ‘White Legion case’, has been formally accused of storing a cartridge (Part 2 of Art. 295 of the Criminal Code — Illegal manufacturing, purchase, transfer, possession, sale, storage, transportation, or carrying of firearms, ammunition, explosives, etc.). Bialiauski told this on December 12, shortly after another interrogation at the Investigative Committee.

Authorities end investigation in ‘White Legion case’

30.11.2017 Authorities end investigation in ‘White Legion case’

“The preliminary investigation of the case is completed. On November 27, a decision was taken to discontinue the criminal prosecution of all defendants in the so-called ‘White Legion case’. We believe that this has drawn a line under the case. The case file has been sent to the prosecutor for consideration and assessment of the legality of the decision. The defendants have begun to familiarize with the decision to dismiss the criminal case and the case file,” the Investigative Committee’s website said today.

Human rights activists call for open trial of columnists charged with inciting ethnic hatred

01.11.2017 Human rights activists call for open trial of columnists charged with inciting ethnic hatred

The Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Human Rights Center "Viasna" have issued a joint statement to demand an open hearing of the criminal charges brought against Yury Paulavets, Dzmitry Alimkin, and Siarhei Shyptsenka.

Political prisoner Ihar Komlik released before trial

03.10.2017 Political prisoner Ihar Komlik released before trial

Ihar Komlik, accountant of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry (REP) and chairman of the union’s Minsk city branch, has been released from pre-trial detention in jail No. 1 in Minsk after spending two month awaiting trial in a criminal case the country’s human rights community said was politically motivated.

Ongoing harassment of lawyers involved in ‘White Legion case’

26.09.2017 Ongoing harassment of lawyers involved in ‘White Legion case’

The Qualification Commission of the Ministry of Justice has carried out the certification of 13 more lawyers. According to information obtained by the Human Rights Center "Viasna", there are five defenders of persons charged in the so-called ‘White Legion case’ among those who were ‘conditionally certified’. In such circumstances, the human rights defenders rule out the possibility of organizing a trial in accordance with the standards of fair justice.

15 activists charged in ‘White Legion case’ plead not guilty in a statement

26.09.2017 15 activists charged in ‘White Legion case’ plead not guilty in a statement

Fifteen persons facing charges in so-called ‘White Legion case’ have issued a statement to plead not guilty, after the authorities extended the investigation for another six months.

Authorities extend investigation into ‘rioting case’

22.09.2017 Authorities extend investigation into ‘rioting case’

The Investigative Committee has prolonged the investigation of a criminal case involving 14 persons charged with ‘preparing riots’. The case was opened six months ago and will be underway for at least another half-year.

Amnesty International: Dzmitry Paliyenka is a prisoner of conscience

24.08.2017 Amnesty International: Dzmitry Paliyenka is a prisoner of conscience

Amnesty International believes that Dzmitry Paliyenka has been targeted by the authorities because of his peaceful activism and, as such, that he is a prisoner of conscience. Amnesty International urges the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release him.

Civil Rights Defenders: Belarus Must Drop Charges Against Ihar Komlik and Henadz Fiadynich

23.08.2017 Civil Rights Defenders: Belarus Must Drop Charges Against Ihar Komlik and Henadz Fiadynich

Civil Rights Defenders calls upon the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ihar Komlik and to drop all charges against Ihar Komlik and Henadz Fiadynich.

Henadz Fiadynich charged with tax evasion

14.08.2017 Henadz Fiadynich charged with tax evasion

Henadz Fiadynich, head of the independent Trade Union of Radio and Electronic Industry (REP), has been officially charged with tax evasion, BelaPAN said quoting the Investigative Committee’s spokesperson Yuliya Hancharova.

Komlik formally charged, Fiadynich still a suspect

11.08.2017 Komlik formally charged, Fiadynich still a suspect

Ihar Komlik, chief accountant of the REP trade union, has bene officially charged under Part 2 of Article 243 of the Criminal Code, “large-scale tax evasion.”

Observatory condemns judicial harassment against trade union leaders in Belarus

10.08.2017 Observatory condemns judicial harassment against trade union leaders in Belarus

The Observatory fears that REP and BITU leaders are being targeted in reprisal for their human rights activities and calls for the immediate release of Mr. Komlik, as well as ending all judicial harassment against REP and BITU leaders, in particular Messrs Komlik and Fiadynich, in so far as it appears to only aim at sanctioning their peaceful and legitimate human rights activities.

International trade union leaders call to end persecution of Fiadynich and Komlik

09.08.2017 International trade union leaders call to end persecution of Fiadynich and Komlik

Valter Sanches, General Secretary of the IndustriALL Global Union, and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), have expressed deep concern and outrage at the recent searches in the offices of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BNP) and the Belarusian Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry (REP) in a letter to President Lukashenka, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prosecutor General of Belarus.

Stop prosecution of Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik

04.08.2017 Stop prosecution of Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik

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