Hlybokaye prosecutor's office is looking of “Tell the Truth” activist Yaraslau Bernikovich

2012 2012-08-15T17:42:43+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en https://spring96.org/files/images/sources/bernikovich-1.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The most probable reason of the summons to the prosecutor's office is the call to help to adherents of boycott, published at his Facebook account. Journalist Kastus Shytal, who wrote about Bernikovich's initiative at the independent regional website westki.info, has been already interrogated about it.

The subpoena for Yaraslau Bernikovich was brought to the office of his firm “Prefect-info”, but its workers refused to accept it in his absence.

“I think it is connected to my post about the possible aid to adherents of the boycott of the parliamentary election. Back on 26 July I wrote in Facebook that I didn't believe in the election boycott all over Belarus and was going to run at Navapolatsk election constituency #25, but am ready to support adherents of the boycott campaign at Dokshytsy election constituency #30, on the territory of which I live. I wrote about my readiness to provide my office with all equipment during the agitation campaign to those who can take some real action for the boycott. However, nobody has responded so far,” commented Mr. Bernikovich in a short telephone talk.

Instead, his activity was noticed by the prosecutor's office. On 13 August independent journalist Kanstantsin Shytal was summonsed there and required to give explanations concerning his article about Bernikovich's initiative. He refused to do it referring to Article of the Constitution which guaranteed his right not to testify against himself and received an oral warning about the inadmissibility of such publications.

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