Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Belarus: General Prosecutor Lied – Lawyers Had No Access To Clients

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

Today the General Prosecutor’s office of Belarus has made a statement that examination of incarceration conditions of the accused in the so-called “mass riot case” has established that: “custodial pattern meets requirements of regulatory documents, their health status is satisfactory.”

The General Prosecutor’s office has also stated that prisoners had been guaranteed access of lawyers and relatives in accordance with the established procedure; receiving parcels, cash remittances and letters has been organized.

Meanwhile, many lawyers have not seen their clients since late December – for 27 days. Nothing is known about Andrei Sannikov, Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu, Mikalai Statkevich, Zmitser Bandarenka, Iryna Khalip, Alyaksandr Atroshchankau and other political prisoners.

Tamara Sidarenka, a lawyer of the presidential candidate Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu, today visited the KGB prison again. Once again she tried to meet with Nyaklyaeu. “In the morning I was the third in the queue, and the first after the lunch break. However, other lawyers who are not related to the mass riot case in Minsk on December 19 last year, entered before me. As far as I know, other lawyers had analogous situation. I have not seen Nyaklyaeu since December 29 last year.”

Relatives of the accused refute statements of the Prosecutor General’s office.

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