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The procurator's office of Minsk resumed criminal proceedings against the deputy head of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Hary Pahaniayla. The human rights activist is suspected of libeling Aliaxandr Lukashenka

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

According to the investigators, the interview given by Hary Pahaniayla to the Swedish television last year contained a libelous statement.
In February the criminal charges against Hary Pahaniayla were dropped, the corresponding ruling said that the actions of the human rights activist did not constitute a crime though were libelous with respect to Lukashenka.
Hary Pahaniayla did not agree to the wording and took the case to court requiring complete acquittal. "This is what the procurator's office of Minsk does not want to acknowledge as the truth and so resumed criminal proceedings against me", commented Hary Pahaniayla the actions of the city procurator's office in an interview with Radio Liberty.

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