One of the main opponents of the regime said that the process was political in nature.
Today after lunch, the politician and ex-banker Viktar Babaryka was supposed to start testifying in the Maskouski district court. However, he made a statement and refused to testify, reports Mediazona.
“In relation to me, in relation to my friends and relatives, in relation to my colleagues and partners, I consider all these criminal prosecutions and accusations absolutely unfounded, I categorically object to them and think that they are politically motivated. They do not pursue the goal of establishing guilt, proving this guilt. They pursue only one primary goal. Namely: my participation not in the political process but presidential elections in the Republic of Belarus. I spoke about this from the very beginning,” he said at the hearing, refusing to answer further questions.
The main rival of the dictator Lukashenka in the elections was detained on the morning of June 18, when, together with his son Eduard Babaryka, he went to the CEC to hand over the collected signatures. About half a million Belarusians have signed up for the nomination of Viktar Babaryka as a presidential candidate.
Independent experts and human rights activists are convinced that the criminal prosecution of Viktar Babaryka is an exclusively political reprisal.
Viktar Babaryka was recognized as a political prisoner.