Detained in Minsk Ales Bialiatski
Head of Human Rights Center “Viasna”, vice-president of the International Federation of Human Rights Ales Belyatsky was arrested on Thursday August 4 in Minsk. Official website of the “Spring” reports that “human rights activist detained by unidentified men in civilian clothes, who presented the financial police. It’s all about what Ales Bialiatski managed to inform his counterpart Vladimir Labkovich. He was forbidden to talk on the phone. In the apartment, where human rights activist, is being searched. “
According to the independent Belarusian portal “Charter 97″, the search also was conducted in an office and a human rights organization headed by Byalatski.
The Belarusian news agency “BelaPAN” with reference to human rights activist Tatyana Ravyaka reports that Belyatsky managed to tell what he is charged with “concealment of income on a large scale.” Perhaps it is a part 2 of article 243 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (evasion of taxes and fees on a large scale), the maximum penalty for which includes imprisonment for up to seven years with confiscation of property.
Ales Belyatsky wife Natalia in a brief telephone conversation with a journalist, “BelaPAN” reported that people who spend searching, looking for money, wealth, media.
Tatiana Ravyaka suggests that the searches can be associated with the provision of financial assistance to human rights advocates to victims of criminal and administrative prosecution authorities after the events of 19 December 2010, writes portal “Charter 97″.
Meanwhile, the head of the most popular in the west of the Belarusian Free Theatre Nikolai Khalezin believes that the main reason for his arrest was not Bialiatski debugged work of employees of the Department of Financial Investigations, and the fact that Lithuania has issued a month earlier to the Belarusian authorities to bank information to public organizations.
“It’s no secret that many of the opposition non-governmental organizations registered in Lithuania, because they can not carry on business at home. All this was done with the permission of the Lithuanian authorities and with the support of local community organizations to help with the legalization of Belarusian colleagues in a neighboring country “- the words quoted Khalezin” Charter 97 “.
However, according to Belarusian film director, a few years ago, the situation has changed dramatically.
“Apparently, the reason for it was the open support of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s policy, declared by the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite. It is not known who personally owns the order, but a month ago, Lithuania has issued all the banking details of the Belarusian public organizations registered in this country, private bank accounts of Belarusian public figures and posting on these accounts at the request of the Belarusian Financial Investigations Department. Now under attack is not only Ales Belyatsky and Human Rights Center “Spring”, but a number of independent Belarusian public organizations and public figures “- sends word Khalezin Belarusian Internet resource.
The head of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and acting chairman of OSCE, Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis released statements which call for the immediate release of Ales Belyatsky and condemned the authorities in Belarus.
A special statement made and international human rights organization Human Rights Watch:
“The Belarusian authorities must immediately release human rights activist Ales Belyatsky, police detained on politically motivated charges of tax evasion. Investigation into the Belyatsky, who heads the Human Rights Centre “Vesna”, Vice-President of the Minsk Federation for Human Rights – thinly veiled tactics incarceration prominent figures human rights movement. It must be stopped “, – said in a statement.
For information: Russian service “Voice of America”