Catherine Ashton's office: Mitigation charges did not affect the position of the EU

Reducing charges several defendants in the case on January 29 did not affect the position of the European Union.

"The position of the European Union on the situation in Belarus is very clear and remains unchanged," — said May Katsyyanchych, spokesman for the supreme representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

Katsyyanchyts reminded of the requirement of the EU to the Belarusian authorities, "the immediate and unconditional release and rehabilitation of all those who were detained for political reasons."

According to her, depending on the evolution of the situation in Belarus, the EU is "ready to consider new targeted measures in all areas of cooperation."

Charge d'Affaires of the European Union in Belarus Jean-Eric Holzapfel March 30 BelaPAN said: "If the allegations zmyakchylisya, it's good news." At the same time He also demanded the release and rehabilitation of the accused for political reasons.

Investigation Department of the Minsk police preliminary investigation on March 30 changed the accusation Sergei Wozniak, Andrei Dmitriev, Vladimir Neklyaev, Anastasia Palazhanka, Vital Rymasheuski and Alexander Fyaduta.

They are now accused of committing a crime under Article 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of activities that breach public order or active participation in them). The maximum penalty for this article — three years in prison. Previously, he was charged under articles 1 and 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code (mass disorders). The maximum penalty for this article — 15 years in prison.

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