Case against jailed Belarusian activist's supporter delayed
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||17 October 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Case against jailed Belarusian activist's supporter delayed, 17 October 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4eaaa80c1c.html [accessed 19 May 2013]|
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October 17, 2011
BERASTSE, Belarus – A judge in western Belarus has sent a criminal case against a local human rights defender back to police for additional investigation, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.
The activist, Raman Kislyak, was arrested on October 16 during a one-man march in support of Ales Byalyatski, the chairman of the Vyasna (Spring) human rights center, who was arrested in August and charged with tax evasion in a case that drew widespread international condemnation.
Kislyak marched down Berastse's Cosmonauts Boulevard with a megaphone informing passersby about Byalyatski's arrest and condemning the charges against him as politically motivated. Police arrested him around 6 p.m. and kept him in custody overnight.
Kislyak left the courtroom in the city of Berastse a free man following the judge's decision on October 17.
Kislyak told RFE/RL the investigators and prosecution were not able to demonstrate clearly which article of the law on public gatherings he had violated.
In addition, Kislyak said, there was a discrepancy in the indictment, which claimed variously that he had staged a picket and held an illegal march.
Kislyak was informed by the court he would be summoned again once the additional investigation was completed.