severe sentence to Bialiatski
Today, November 24, one more Belarusian joined the
list of political prisoners. The Pervomaiskiy District Court of Minsk
sentenced the well-known human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski to 4.5
years in prison with confiscation of property.
Nominally, the leader of the human rights
center “Viasna-96” was tried for non-payment of tax. The Lithuanian and
Polish fiscal authorities have allegedly transferred to the Belarusian
special services the data about Bialiatski’s foreign bank accounts. However,
it turned out at the trial that these documents were not signed or stamped.
TatsianaZelko, the leader of Our Generation, a banker
with 15 years of experience, attended the trial sessions:
- I couldn’t even imagine that evidence could be so poor. It would
take 15 minutes of computer work to create the evidence offered by the
prosecution. In general, with such kind of evidence 7.5 million Belarusians
could be imprisoned. And saying that the banks don’t have a stamp is nonsense
as even the most wrecked bank departments in the village have their own
stamps. I’m just wondering: would the tax services accept these “documents”
if Ales submitted them?