Beyond that, both processes take place over 19 protesters
December watching known human rights activist, member of the Belarusian
Helsinki Committee in the past — Judge Harry Pahanyaila. March 22 he was present at the trial of Nikita Lihavidam.
Vyacheslav Rakytskyy: What is remarkable was yesterday process? The Court rightly seeks to understand the proceedings or directed toward ordered the sentence?
Harry Pahanyaila: Yesterday, at the beginning of the preparatory stage of the counsel for the accused said Lihavida number of applications — to discontinue the examination of the case due to lack of evidence presented by the prosecution, the need for exclusion from the alleged victims fifteen of twenty-nine, which had not been the case, and have been recognized as victims in the other case and a third application for release from custody Lihavida and change the measure of restraint to a different, softer. All three applications were rejected by the court. This suggests that at the very beginning, the court took accusatory.
Rakytskyy: Nikita and several dozen people accused of
participation or even organizing mass riots on December 19. But it is doubtful
proved by the fact of these disorders?
Pahanyaila: Lawyer's request just motivated by the fact that in reality there is no evidence of a crime itself — the riots. Indeed, the terms — December 19, 2010 at the Independence Square riots took place, coupled with personal violence, arson, riots, destruction of property and armed resistance to the government. Just in each of these concepts — violence, pogroms, arson, armed resistance — there is no evidence. The only thing that is fixed — a small group of people who are hitting the glass, partially damaged the property of the building, worth about 14 million rubles, but the riots in the area was not.
Rakytskyy: You say that nothing bad will happen, riot was not, so why not just people charged for items, which provides a penalty of imprisonment from 3-4 and up to 15 years. Why is the government and go to a judge for such sentences?
Pahanyaila: The Belarusian authorities have long used criminal justice with regard to civil society activists and opposition. This line of conduct of the current authorities and it is connected with the fact that Mr. Lukashenko wants as many govern and maintain power captured by unconstitutional means. And the blame knocked on health, has no opposition tried to force of arms to seize state power through unconstitutional means. Here it is present in the propaganda in the state media, and this is reflected in these processes. In fact there is no law, and revolutionary expediency for our authorities, who are trying so once more to crack down on opposition leaders and how much fear-mongering in the community, to paralyze society, that there was no resistance to the authorities.