In court Condo district of Minsk today started criminal proceedings against members of the Plaza Sergei Martseleva, Paul Sevyarinets, Irina Khalip, who are accused of "group activities that breach public order." They face up to three years in prison.
Sergei Martseleva andPaul Sevyarinets in the courtroom kept in an iron cage, Irina Khalip Hall entered in custody of the KGB, the men and women who keep the process of sitting next to her. Khalip today for the first time since Jan. 29, when she was placed under house arrest, went out into the street. Her lawyer Anna Bakhtin one of the first applications to the court said the request to change the measure of restraint to him:
"The ban on correspondence and communication tools deprives Irina ability to perform their professional duties, it is deprived of the possibility of earnings due to the ban on the exit to the street. Irina also denied the right to correspond with her husband, Andrei Sannikov, who sits in the KGB prison, but that possibility is, — said the lawyer Anna Bakhtin. — Because of this, and violated the rights of her three year old son, who is actually with her mother under house arrest. "
But the judge Jeanne Brysina denied the motion. At the beginning of the process Khalip and Paul Seviarynets said they did not recognize his guilt, Sergey Martselev pleaded guilty to that person on the radio called people to the Square and on December 19 was on the carriageway of Independence Avenue.
Paul Seviarynets whole process was not sat down once. His mother, Tatiana heard from lawyers that Paul strongly back hurts, damaged another in the logging in the Small Sitna when Paul was serving a sentence for a rally in 2004. Seviarynets first suggested to the court diversion, saying that there is no independent judiciary, and then refused to testify.
"This is not a criminal, but a disguised political case. Even our Lord Jesus Christ testimony cesarean court did not give, because he knew that the court unjust. Court and consequently kept me in custody, was not allowed to meet my family, even the confession and communion, so I will not answer questions. "
The judge yesterday promised native Paul that today allow the priest to him, but to fulfill it failed, although the priest came to the court and the 9th and the morning.
Tatiana Seviarynets Perhaps her son refused to testify:
"In life, Paul had so many of these vessels, and believe that the court believes that it holds — it is meaningless. After all, this is not what a circus — everything is turned upside down. Because the judge, the prosecutor — is they have entered into a criminal conspiracy and made this savagery in the form of lawsuits. All the same, it's useless, no matter what he said. "
Paul Seviarynets refused to testify.
Khalip of reading has not given up. She stated that on December 19 acted as a trustee and the wife of Andrei Sannikov and as a journalist, and that still wishes he had time to write an article about the events in Moscow's "Novaya Gazeta", a correspondent for which it works.
"Before me there was no choice, I was ready around to help my husband … But if my husband was not a politician, not a candidate, I would still come to the area, because I'm the last 16 years, covers all the shares of the opposition — said Irina Khalip. — Despite the fact that I went to prison, I believe that I was lucky to see the political process from the inside — it's a great success for a journalist. "
The father of the accused Vladimir Khalip suggests that she came to court prepared:
"She prepared for these 17 years is more than enough. She is constantly harassed, dragged through the courts, offices, she knows the system. Knows what to say in such cases. It lays hold of his unshakable position free citizen of Belarus, a professional journalist and my daughter. "
Human rights activist Valentin Stefanovich notes that the charges of the three defendants excluded the events on Independence Square.
"We consider the events on October Square and Independence Avenue. And, basically, it's very similar to the process and Sevyarinets Statkievich 2004. In fact, the format is the same accusation: walking along the roadway, svistseli, shouted and thereby brought inconvenience and different damage, stopped traffic, job agencies … I would say the maximum, as evidenced by the charge — is a violation of traffic rules and unauthorized action. "
In 2004, paslyavybarchy rally Statkevich and Seviarynets punished "chemistry." Now relatives of the accused on such a light sentence they do not.