In the end of September activists of Belarusian oppositions Zmitser Bandarenka, Zmitser Barodka, Uladzimer Kobets and Alyaksandr Atroshchankau received from the prosecutor’s office of Chernihiv region of Ukraine with information that a criminal case concerning their detention at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border in November 2004 was dismissed. An investigator for particularly important cases of the prosecutor’s office of Chernihiv region A. Letuta informed that “a criminal case No. 411020-05 brought up on February 9, 2005 by the prosecutor’s office of Chernihiv region on the fact of illegal detention and bringing to responsibility was dismissed on August 21, 2006 for absence of crime in the act”.
Tamara Krasouskaya, a mother of the detained Zhodzina activist Pavel Krasouski, is trying to pass clothes and food to her son for the second day. As we have informed, right after his detention Vitsebsk members of the Belarusian Popular Front Party tried to bring clothes and food to Pavel. However they were not allowed to do so without a sanction of the senior investigator for particularly important cases of the Republican prosecutor’s office Alyaksandr Rassolka.
Belarusian parliamentarians adopted almost unanimously a law on combating extremism on a second reading Wednesday. The law defines extremism as activities aimed at the country`s Constitution and its territorial integrity, coup attempts, the formation of illegal armed groups, terrorist acts, and attempts to incite racial, ethnic or religious discord. The law also envisages Belarus` involvement in international efforts against extremism.
Foreign Minister Alexandr Vondra has promised further support to the Belarussian opposition, he said after meeting with Belarussian opposition leader Alyaksander Milinkevich on Tuesday. Vondra said the Czech Republic would offer more scholarships for persecuted students.
Three unknown persons, who presented themselves as KGB officers, confiscated 20 copies of the “Nasha Niva” newspapers in a Minsk shop “Sotvar”. They explained their actions by the fact that independent newspaper is allegedly banned for distribution in the capital.
Today the senior investigator for particularly important cases pf the Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus Alyaksandr Rassolka has ruled to recognize young activist Pavel Krasouski a suspect in a number of criminal cases. In an answer to the statement of the lawyer Pavel Sapelka about Krasouski’s innocence of crime committed in 1999, and of organizing blasts in Vitsebsk last year, the investigator started to intimidate the lawyer.
The most massive hunger strike in Belarusian history continues. Every day people all over the country are joining parishioners of New Life church. By morning of October 11 the number of participants of the protest was 177. Today morning representatives of the US Embassy Lyle McMillan and Jennifer Rock. They were interested in the state of health of the hunger strikers and their demands.
At about 8.45 a.m. an industrial tractor and bulldozer appeared at the territory of New Life Church in Kavalyou St., 72. Besides, three minivans with tinted glass arrived. The vehicles blocked the entry into the church for half an hour. In a conversation with hunger strikers a driver of the bulldozer explained that they have arrived to “level the ground” and are expecting an order of Minsk city executive committee to start their work. A white-collar man was sitting beside the driver. He refused to speak.
The number of hunger strikers in Minsk has grown to 174. New Life church members from different cities of Belarus – Minsk, Zhodzina, Mazyr, Stoubtsy, Dzyarzhynsk continue the protest. The Charter’97 press center was informed about that by a press secretary of the church Ina Davydovich. More than 30 persons are staying in the church all day long, but hundreds of people are coming to the church each day.
The human rights center “Viasna” has just found out that except blasts in Vitsebsk on September 14 and 22, 2005, Zhodzina activist Pavel Krasouski is suspected in criminal episodes in 1999 concerning Articles 130 Part 2 Paragraphs 7, 8, 16 (“Murder connected with rape or act of violence of sexual character, with the aim to conceal another crime or make its perpetration easier, made by a person which had committed a murder earlier”). This article envisages a punishment of a life sentence or capital punishment. Krasouski’s interrogation continues. Follow updates at our site.