Chairman of the Social Democratic faction German Bundestag and former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as deputies and members of the party Uta Zapf and Franz Tsenes expressed outrage at the sentence of former presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich and Dmitri Usu, which, according to German politicians did not do anything but implement their own right to freedom of thought.
"We condemn the unjust sentences and demand the immediate release of all political prisoners in Belarus", emphasized in his statement, Uta Zapf andFranz Tsenes (This policy took patronage over Nikolai Statkevich in the campaign, which was organized by the human rights organization Libereco).
Sentences Nikolai Statkevich and Dmitri Usu — it verdicts against democracy and freedom, they demonstrate that the Belarusian the judiciary is not independent. Through these sentences and the isolation of prisoners through torture and violence against its own citizens Belarusian regime seeks to limit the democratic rights and freedoms.
Authorities refuse any dialogue with civil society and, therefore, the basic principles of the OSCE, which was signed at the summit of the organization in Astana in December last year. "
In turn, Chairman of the Social Democratic faction of the Bundestag, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the verdict Statkevich and Uss "totally unacceptable". In his statement, the Europeans can not "put up with dratavannem rule of law and democracy in the heart of Europe," and therefore "the EU should clearly and unequivocally demonstrate that in any case is not going to tolerate this behavior."
"I strongly appeal to President Lukashenko called for the release of political prisoners and do not drive the country deeper into the European isolation", — said Frank-Walter Steinmeier.