Hrodna runaway journalist speaks on porno-peddling case

2011 2011-05-16T18:17:54+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Hrodna journalist Aliaksei Salei, currently in Poland after Belarus police initiated criminal proceedings for alleged porno-peddling, released a statement on the criminal case against him after he refused to testify against Andrzej Poczobut.

“On 6 January, I was summoned for interrogation to the KGB office to be questioned on the 19 December 2010 events, as I was there taking photos for the Magazyn Polski magazine and the Glos z nad Niomna newspaper. The investigators inquired about what I had seen in the Square. After they learned I was there with Andrzej Poczobut, they became extremely curious about him. I was advised to testify against Poczobut. After I refused to do so, they threatened me with harassment. Soon, my residence was searched, my PC and numerous copies of the periodicals were seized. Later, the police initiated a criminal case for alleged porno production and peddling. Thus, the authorities tried to discredit my dignity. I believe that the case is totally fraudulent, has an acute political subtext and is nothing but harassment for my professional activity”, says the journalist.

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