Bialiatski trial to be resumed on 22 November

2011 2011-11-16T17:36:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Judge Siarhei Bandarenka has reopened the trial of Ales Bialiatski at Minsk Maskouski District Court.

The court session started with a motion by the state prosecutor who requested for a 30-minute break to specify the new charges against Viasna leader.

10.45 The prosecutor reads out “new charges”, which appear to be the same as brought against Ales Bialiatski before – Par. 2 Art. 243 of the Criminal Code (large-scale tax evasion). The only difference is a mysterious phrase “in pursuance of earlier agreements”. The Article provides for up to seven years of imprisonment including possible forfeiture.

The defense lawyer asks for a break to study the new charges.

The trial is due to be resumed on 22 November.