Ales Bialiatski to be given new charges on 16 November

2011 2011-11-11T12:33:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 10 November the trial of Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, continued at the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk.

10.00 a.m. The court received documents requested from the Border Control Committee and the tax inspection on Bialiatski’s solicitation and will consider them today.

10.05 The trial opened with the prosecutor’s reading of a letter from the Pershamaiski District Tax Inspection, the copies of additional assets and income declarations of Bialiatski and acts of verification of his income and expenditures.

10.20 Security guards refused to let Valery Kavaleuski, Pavel Levinau, Zmitser Salauyou and Vintsiuk Viachorka in the court hall. They were admitted to the trial only after addressing the Chairman of the Maskouski District Court of Minsk.

10.40 The judge stated that the case materials in foreign languages were translated. The counsel found some mistakes in the translation. For instance, “public reception rooms of “Viasna”” was translated as “public reception room”. The translated documents witness that international human rights organizations transferred money to Bialiatski’s account for the organization of the work of public reception rooms and election monitoring. (RFE/RL)

10.50 Bialiatski explains that in 2009-2009 he used to be registered by the custom’s office while crossing the border. He says that the documents that were presented by the Customs Committee are incomplete. “These documents are at my house, but my wife cannot find them. Release me under a written undertaking not to leave, and I will bring them,” says Bialiatski. (RFE/RL)

11.10 The prosecutor says that yesterday the investigation received materials from the website of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. “The Human Rights Center “Viasna” is a non-state human rights organization, which was founded in 1996, during mass actions of protest of the democratic opposition in Belarus, and rendered aid to the arrested and their families.” The prosecutor asks whether this information is true, and Bialiatski says: “Yes, it’s true in general”.

11.20 The prosecutor asked Bialiatski, which kind of “Viasna’s” activities didn’t fall under the requirements of the presidential decree which provided uninhibited use of financial aid from the abroad. “It’s difficult to say”, answered the human rights defender. The prosecutor also asked about the sum of Sakharov’s prize received by Bialiatski, but was answered that there was no money, just a diploma.

The prosecutor also read the statement of the Ministry of Justice of Lithuania, where it expressed regret about passing information about Bialiatski’s accounts to Belarus. This information was received from “Viasna’s” website as well.

12.38 The prosecutor solicited for the postponement of hearings to 16 November. He stated that new charges, considerably differing from the old ones, would be presented to Bialiatski by that time.

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