Harry Pahanyaila: The government use Suryapin and Basharimau as hostages
12:11, — Politics
The human rights activist is sure that the investigation has no evidences of the involvement of detainees to the border crossing by the Swedish airplane.
This Harry Pahanyaila told in his interview to the press service of Belarusian Association of Journalists.
"The fact that only today the KGB has decided to disclose information that does not contain any secrets, and does not reveal the mystery of the investigation, very clearly describes the situation that exists in the administration of justice in Belarus, - says the lawyer. - It does not guarantee freedom of expression, no real protection of the rights and lawful interests of individuals who are prosecuted in criminal proceedings, nor the rights of their defenders who cannot satisfy the public interest in the case even in those part, which does not concern the mystery of investigation. The lawyers are afraid to say a word, knowing that every word may be a reason for a disciplinary action up to the deprivation of the license to practice law".
"Those details, which the KGB reports today - is actually an invitation of the citizens of Sweden to Belarus, where they will be arrested and where they also will be indicted – analyze Harry Pahanyaila the statement distributed by the Center for Information and Public Relations of the KGB. - But to expect that the Swedes will come here? Ridiculous. Moreover, Belarus has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of justice in such cases. "
According to the human rights defender, prisoners Suryapin and Basharimau in the KGB jail are now in the position of hostages.
"They are just an object of a blackmail – we, say, can, probably, let them go, if someone would come here and give evidences ... There are words of the need of identification parades, interrogations to find out how objectively were accused Belarusian citizens. Hence, the investigation has no sufficient evidences of the involvement of these persons to the crime? This does not correspond to the norms of the Criminal Procedure Code, nor the traditions that exist in democratic states in the prosecution of criminal offenses.
If it was civilized and democratic, no one would prevent our services to send appropriate requests to the prosecutor’s office in Sweden about the interrogation of the citizens of this country, involved in the offense. And so, without seeking their arrival here, get the necessary information. The state itself is, of course, hardly will surrender its citizens, but they could provide the necessary information on the circumstances of the initiated criminal case in Belarus", - said Harry Pahanyaila.