Another lawyer of political prisoner Andrei Sannikau gets disbarred

2012 2012-03-12T17:22:20+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

last week the presidium of the Minsk municipal panel of lawyers disbarred Andrei Varvashevich. This is Sannikau’s second lawyer to be disbarred. Previously, lawyer Pavel Sapelka was disbarred.

Bear in mind that Andrei Varvashevich together with Maryna Kavaleuskaya was Andrei Sannikau’s lawyer in the criminal case on the events of 19 December 2010, and till now defended Sannikau’s interests.

He was disbarred “for a fault that is unacceptable for a lawyer”.

The reason for the disbarment was his trial on very dubious administrative charges. He pled innocent. Despite it, the court prohibited the lawyer to interrogate witnesses and to obtain other evidences proving his innocence – a procedure that has recently become very common in court.

According to the legislature, disbarment can lead to withdrawal of the lawyer license by the Ministry of Justice. was informed that the lawyer has appealed against his administrative trial and disbarment. The appeal was launched in accordance with the prescribed court order.

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