The representative of the European Union: a political prisoner little to soften the charge

The European Union calls on the Belarusian authorities to unconditionally release and rehabilitation of all the accused for political reasons.

BelaPAN was told the charge d'affaires of the European Union in Belarus Jean-Eric Holzapfel, commenting on the change of charges against a number of defendants in the case of mass riots.

"If the allegations zmyakchanyya, then this is good news," — said Holzapfel. However, He said, The EU remains concerned about the prisoners in Belarus for political reasons.

We demand that all men are accused for political reasons, were unconditionally released and rehabilitated.

"We demand that all persons accused for political reasons, were certainly released and rehabilitated," — said Holzapfel.

Investigation Department of the Minsk police preliminary investigation on March 30 changed the accusation Sergei Wozniak, Andrey 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 imprisonment.

Previously, he was charged under articles 1 and 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code (riots). The maximum penalty for this article — 15 years imprisonment.



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