Activist of 'Speak Truth!' Mikhail Bashura remains in custody

2010 2010-10-12T17:24:40+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The activist of the civil campaign Speak Truth! Mikhail Bashura remains in custody. The court refused to change the restraint and release him under a written undertaking not to leave.

The trial over Mr. Bashura started on 11 October. The defendant was charged with violation of Article 380 of the Criminal Code (forgery, fabrication, use or sale of false documents, stamps, seals or printed forms). He is accused of violation of two parts of the article: part one is forgery of documents for one’s own use, part two is the same actions committed by a group of persons by previous concert. Bashura is charged with giving a forged certificate of income to get a home loan on easy terms, BelaPAN reports.

Bashura’s lawyer Tamara Sidarenka filed a motion to change to change the restraint to her client. In her opinion, the alleged crime is not serious or socially dangerous. Besides, the lawyer noted that Mikhail Bashura had no criminal or administrative charges before and he has a minor daughter.

The judge dismissed the motion explaining that change of restraint cannot be applied to the people under investigation who may face less than two years of imprisonment.

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