Human rights activists say Paliakova’s verdict was illegal

2009 2009-03-16T18:52:05+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Representatives of the Belarusian human rights community say the verdict passed on Yana Paliakova was illegal and groundless.
Now, independent lawyers are trying to appeal the verdict and rehabilitate the activist, who committed suicide on 7 March, after Salihorsk Town Court found her guilty of ‘deliberately false denunciation’ (Article 400 paragraph 2 of the Criminal Code of Belarus) and sentenced her to 2.5 years of personal restraint.
Human rights activists say the verdict was awarded with brutal violations of the judicial and legal proceedings, including the right to legal defense.