News for 18 Mar 2009
18.03.2009 Controversial decision by Prosecutor’s Office: every law has a loophole
The politically motivated draft of a number of youth activists brought forth several extremely disputable legal issues, e.g. the arrest of Zmitser Khvedaruk on 28 January, resulting in his imprisonment for participating in the 1 May rally in Minsk. Article 13.6 of the Code of Civil Procedure specifies the terms of the enforcement of administrative sentences – 3 months. Thus, the imprionment of Zmitser Khvedaruk appears to be illegal, since it started over 8 months after the verdict was passed. Considering the above-mentioned fact, Khvedaruk’s lawyer Pavel Sapelka lodged a complaint against the detention with Minsk Pershamaiski Prosecutor’s Office.
18.03.2009 Prosecutor’s office refused to initiate proceedings on Yana Palyakova’s suicide
Prosecutor’s office in Salihorsk refused to initiate criminal proceedings related to the suicide of a human rights activist Yana Palyakova. Radio Svaboda has been informed about that in the prosecutor’s office. “Inquiry is finished. There are no signs that Yana Palyakova had been incited to commit suicide,” a representative of the prosecutor’s office said.