Ex-political prisoner Mikita Likhavid searched on Belarusian border

2012 2012-03-12T17:21:03+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Former political prisoner Mikita Likhavid and his mother Alena were searched on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border for 6 hours, RFE/RL reports.

Pproblems began during the passport control, when border guards took Mikita's passport for an additional check. They were consulting on their walkie-talkies for a long time waiting for orders.

After that, Likhavid's car was searched in a special garage and passengers underwent personal search. Mikita was taken to the customs room in a company of two men in mufti.

Customs officers found a flash drive of Alena Likhavid. The woman demanded to examine the device in her presence. Customs officers failed to find something criminal.

The thorough search lasted for over six hours. The customs chief refused to say the reason of the search.

Alena Likhavid thinks the recent problems democratic activists faced when exiting or entering the country confirms the existence of a blacklist of opposition activists.

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