21 January 2018, Sunday, 13:50

BCD activist charged with treason


(updated) Activist Andrei Haidukou from Navapolatsk is in the KGB jail in Minsk.

The activist was arrested three days ago. His relatives didn't have information about the arrest. Andrei Haidukou was thrown into the KGB jail on accusations of treason (article 356 of the Criminal Code).

Vital Rymasheuski, a co-chairman of Belarusian Christian Democracy party (BCD), told charter97.org he doesn't know about the reason for the arrest and details of the charges against the activist:

“There are no details so far. But even the fact that neither his relatives nor lawyers and public didn't know about the arrest means that the law was violated from the very beginning. We will figure out what he is accused of, because we know only the general words. We talk to his family to find out what happened.”

The politician hopes Andrei Haidukou will soon be freed:

“I think there are no grounds to accuse the activist. I hope he will be released in the nearest time. The most awful is that any person can be detained and his or her relatives know nothing about it. It is violation of the law. Unfortunately, people in Belarus can be detained in connection with an offence or for no reason. They can be charged with any offence after the arrest.”

There was no information about the activist three days since his arrest, Vital Rymasheuski says:

“I'd like to emphasise that his rights were violated from the very beginning. One cannot be considered guilty until he is convicted. Unfortunately, it doesn't work in our state. A person is secretly arrested and held in custody. We receive information only today that he was detained three days ago.”

“He is a new party member. He appeared some months ago. He is a young member of our regional branch.”

Andrei Haidukou's home was raided. A computer and a phone were seized. Another BCD activist, Illya Bahdanau, was arrested  in Polatsk. He was later released after signing a non-disclosure agreement.