Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus Extends Investigation of Iury Zakharanka’s Disappearance for 3 Months

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”


The investigation of the case of the former Interior Minister Iury Zakharanka, who went missing in 1999, has been extended for 3 months. The human rights activist Aleh Volchak has been told about that in the prosecutor’s office of Belarus. ‘The case has been investigated for more than 6 years, but there are no results, and I do not hope for them under the current regime,’ Aleh Vouchak told to RFE/RL.

As said by the human rights activist, the independent investigation affords ground for suspecting a number of Belarusian high-ranking officials, in particular, Interior Minister Uladzimir Navumau, Security Council Secretary Viktar Sheiman, former Interior Affairs Ministry Iury Sivakou and SOBR commander Dzmitry Paulichenka of implication in the crime.

During the investigation the family of the abducted politician immigrated to Germany and asked for political asylum, Mr. Volchak reminded.

The investigative prosecutor of Minsk Siarhei Kukharonak who is in charge of Iury Zakharanka’s case refused to comment the news.

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