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KGB closes rioting case, ‘armed group’ charges in place

19.06.2017 KGB closes rioting case, ‘armed group’ charges in place

Minsk, 16 June. The Investigative Committee of Belarus has taken over the criminal case of alleged creation of an illegal armed group, which was initially opened by the State Security Committee (KGB), BelaPAN said quoting the Investigative Committee spokesperson.

KGB drops charges against all Young Front activists

09.06.2017 KGB drops charges against all Young Front activists

All six of the Young Front activists earlier charged with preparing riots during March 25 protest in Minsk (part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code) have been notified by the State Security Committee (KGB) that the charges had been dropped due to lack of evidence.

HRDs call for immediate release of all persons arrested in ‘rioting and armed group case’ after reports of torture in KGB prison

07.06.2017 HRDs call for immediate release of all persons arrested in ‘rioting and armed group case’ after reports of torture in KGB prison

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights organizations

Authorities release 2 more persons held in White Legion case

05.06.2017 Authorities release 2 more persons held in White Legion case

Two more persons earlier arrested in the case of preparing riots and creating an illegal armed group, Siarhei Kuntsevich, member of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party, and Andrei Bialiauski, have been released from pre-trial detention.

Investigators extend pre-trial detention of another person charged in ‘rioting and armed group case’

30.05.2017 Investigators extend pre-trial detention of another person charged in ‘rioting and armed group case’

The period of pre-trial detention of Viktar Maroz, former member of the White Legion organization, has been extended until late September, svaboda.org said, quoting the prisoner’s postcard.

Authorities extend pre-trial detention of 4 persons charged in ‘rioting and armed group case’

24.05.2017 Authorities extend pre-trial detention of 4 persons charged in ‘rioting and armed group case’

The authorities have extended the pre-trial detention of four persons involved in the case of preparing mass riots and forming an illegal armed group, Andrei Dundukou and Uladzimir Fiodarau.

Yauhen Paltarzhytski released on house arrest

22.05.2017 Yauhen Paltarzhytski released on house arrest

Yauhen Paltarzhytski, a person involved in the case of preparing riots, has been released from pre-trial detention. Before the trial, he will remain under house arrest.

Mikalai Mikhalkou released. 17 persons remain in jail in ‘rioting and armed group case’

18.05.2017 Mikalai Mikhalkou released. 17 persons remain in jail in ‘rioting and armed group case’

Mikalai Mikhalkou, leader of a Babrujsk-based club Patriot, has been released from custody.

BAJ Urges State Bodies to Provide Info on Patriots’ Case

11.05.2017 BAJ Urges State Bodies to Provide Info on Patriots’ Case

The Belarusian Association of Journalists filed a petition to the Investigative Committee, the General prosecutor’s office and the KGB, demanding to hold a press conference for all mass media and present official information concerning the investigation into the criminal cases widely discussed lately, the so-called cases of “Bely Legion” and the “case of patriots”.

18 persons still in custody in ‘rioting case’

10.05.2017 18 persons still in custody in ‘rioting case’

According to latest reports, 18 persons remain in custody in the case of ‘preparing mass riots’, as of May 10. All of them have been charged under Part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code (preparing riots).

Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau fined 115 rubles

28.04.2017 Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau fined 115 rubles

The Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk sentenced yesterday Viachaslau Kasinerau to a fine of 115 rubles (EUR 56).

16 persons said to face charges of ‘organizing an illegal armed group’. Updated list of defendants

26.04.2017 16 persons said to face charges of ‘organizing an illegal armed group’. Updated list of defendants

According to a reliable source, 16 persons currently held in the ‘rioting case’ have faced additional charges of ‘organizing an illegal armed group’ (Art. 287 of the Criminal Code).

Political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau freed before trial

21.04.2017 Political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau freed before trial

Political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau has been released today, after the Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk ordered to replace his pre-trial detention by a release on own recognizance.

19 persons still in custody in ‘rioting case’

18.04.2017 19 persons still in custody in ‘rioting case’

According to latest reports, 19 persons remain in custody in the case of ‘preparing mass riots’, as of April 17. All of them have been charged under Part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code.

Activist Dzmitry Paliyenka to serve 18 months in prison as court revokes suspended sentence

07.04.2017 Activist Dzmitry Paliyenka to serve 18 months in prison as court revokes suspended sentence

Dzmitry Paliyenka, an activist awarded a 2-year suspended sentence for his involvement in the Critical Mass cycling protest in April 2016, will spend 18 months of the term in prison, after the Zavodski District Court of Minsk revoked today the suspension over alleged violations of related restrictions.

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