25 June 2018, Monday, 14:27
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BelaPAN Head Ales Lipai Taken To Department Of Financial Investigations For Interrogation (Video, Online)

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ALES LIPAI
PHOTO: BELAPAN

In connection with a criminal case, his apartment was searched.

In the morning of June 14, the apartment of the director of the BelaPAN agency, Ales Lipai, was searched. As reported by human rights activist Valiantsin Stsefanovich, the search was conducted by employees of the Department of Financial Investigations of SCC within in connection with the initiated criminal case. The actions of law enforcers were supervised by Dzmitry Novikau, the human rights center Viasna reports.

Human rights defenders Ales Bialiatski, Valiantsin Stsefanovich, Tatsiana Reviaka, BAJ chairman Andrei Bastunets were near the search site.

So far the substance of the criminal case is unknown.

Journalists were not allowed into the apartment. The Financial Investigation Department told Radio Svaboda that it would not comment on the case.

BAJ press secretary Barys Haretski told belsat.eu that the search in Lipai's apartment was still on.

“In the morning he was visited by the officers of the Department for Financial Investigations of the State Control Committee. Ales didn’t opened the door, but the police called the officers who have started breaking in. Then he has opened. They are conducting a search, there are plain-clothed agents standing at the level with cameras, not letting anyone pass. Maybe they are going to take something away. Ales remains inside. It’s still unknown that they are trying to incriminate against him,” - the journalist said.

The investigators invited the workers of the communal and utility services as attesting witnesses. As of 11.40, nothing has been taken out of Lipay’s apartment.

As previously reported, the officers of the Department for Financial Investigations came to Lipay’s place at about 7 a.m. today. Lipay contacted human rights defender Ales Bialiatski immediately and did not open the door until the latter arrived. According to Bialiatski, he asked the investigative group if he could be an attesting witness, but he was denied in that. The lawyer wasn’t admitted to the apartment either.

Later, the police brought a copying machine to Lipay’s apartment.

The search at the apartment of the BelaPAN news agency CEO Ales Lipay ended at about 3.40 p.m. Ales Lipay was taken to the directorate of the Department for Financial Investigations of the State Control Committee for the Minsk region at Piatrus Brouka Street, 3, for an interrogation.