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A severe sentence to Bialiatski
24.11.2011
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 Bialiatskis 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 couldnt 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 dont have a stamp is nonsense as even the most wrecked bank departments in the village have their own stamps. Im just wondering: would the tax services accept these documents if Ales submitted them?


 













 

 

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