Courts in an accusatory manner

In court Condo district of Minsk, the process of the three participants in the events of December 19.

Here, co-chair of the organizing committee of the party judged "Belarusian Christian Democracy" and former head of the election headquarters of presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski Paul Sevyarinets, journalist, wife of former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov and Irina Khalip campaign manager of former candidate Nikolai Statkevich Sergei Martseleva. The sentence will be announced on Monday 16 May at 10.00.

The first half of the day in the trial was devoted to watching videos and interview witnesses. Testified for the prosecution, two traffic police and a member of the BCD Bogdanovich. Who claimed that the accused Khalip and Paul Seviarynets urged to go to the Independence Square and walked in front of the column. However, in court, and they have not appeared, ignoring the protests of defense, their testimony was taken into account. But Judge Jeanne Brysina denied the opportunity to testify a witness for the defense — about ten people. One of them — BCD activist Valeria Chernomortsev:

"It was a trick: we have many who are denied the opportunity to testify, because we were in the courtroom during the preliminary hearing. But that witnesses can not be in the room, we were warned only today."

The judge also rejected the lawyer Irina Khalip invite other witnesses to his client or to provide additional materials. Thus the court went on to debate. Attorney for the prosecution lawyers filed facts that demonstrated their lack of evidence. Prosecutor meanwhile asked to sentence Irina Khalip and Sergey Martseleva to two years in prison, suspended for two years, and Paul Sevyarinets — 3 years of imprisonment with a direction to correctional facilities. Says the father of Irene Vladimir Khalip:

Parents of Irina Khalip — Vladimir Khalip and Lucyna Belzatskaya

"Lawyers crushed the so-called allegations. And no matter what will be sentenced — all clear that this government imposed the most severe sentence — this power is not must. "

Human rights activist and politician Lyudmila Graznova, who came to the court after trial Irina Khalip husband Andrei Sannikov said:

"The courts are the same pattern — with obviously accusatory — sue Belarusians in full. Judges acting on orders from above, and any difference between the courts do not."

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