Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Belarus: 2 More Presidential Candidates accused of organizing “mass riot”

Posted by Info on 18/03/2011

Two more Belarusian presidential candidates, Mikalai Statkevich and Dzmitry Us, have been accused of organizing the so called mass riot. The case is then to be sent to court.

“The investigative department of preliminary investigation at the Main Police Directorate of Minsk have charged Statkevich and Us with committing a crime under part 1 of article 293 (organizing mass riot) of the Criminal Code of Belarus.”

According to investigators,“we have more or less convincing evidence that five more accused were involved in mass disorder, namely participating in violent attacks and elimination of property of the House of Government, using physical force against law-enforcement officers, who were protecting public order.”

Besides, charges with taking part in mass riot have been brought against Alyaksandr Kvyatkevich, Dzmitry Bulanau, Artsyom Hrybkou, A. Paznyak. Alyaksandr Klaskouski is accused of organizing and taking part in mass riot (parts 1 and 2 of article 293), insulting a representative of the authorities (article 369), and unwarranted appropriation of title or authority of an official (article 382).

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