18 December 2018, Tuesday, 19:04
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Will the cases of the kidnapped oppositionists be ended?


In 2014 the limitation period expires for the investigation of the criminal case on the kidnapped Belarusian oppositionists.

The investigation of the criminal case has not been moving the past years, and they may be ended in 2014 due to the expiration of the limitation period, Deutsche Welle reports.

Human rights activists and oppositional politicians accuse the authorities of inactivity and insist that the crime are requalified so their investigation could be continued. Anatol Liabedzka, the chairman of the United Civic Party, among the leaders of which were Zakharanka and Hanchar, calls their disappearances a “political murder, the traces of which lead to the top leadership”. That is why, the politician believes, the leadership of the country does everything in order to postpone to the very last minute and then just send the cases to archives.  

Aleh Alkaeu, who is now in emigration in Germany and who is a former head of the jail No 1 of the Interior Ministry of Belarus in Minsk, where death penalties were executed, told that the prosecutor’s office for more than ten years has had the report of Mikalai Lapatsik, the head of the Chief Department of Criminal Police of the Ministry of Interior.

According to Alkaeu, he reported to the then head of the MIA Uladzimir Navumau bout the involvement of the then commander of special police forces Dzmitry Paulichenka as well as the Secrety of the Security Council Viktar Sheiman in the kidnappings of the oppositionists.

The head of the juridical commission of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Garry Pahaniajla brings attention to the fact that some investigative activities were carried out before the November 2000. However it was exactly that November when Sheiman was appointed the Prosecutor General, after which everything went silent, according to the lawyer. Only the terms of the investigation kept being prolonged.

As to the criminal case of Dzmitry Zavadski, who disappeared without a trace in July 2000, then, Pahaniajla emphasized, it was suspended in 2006 and ever since the investigation has not moved even e bit.