Questionning of Ales Bialiatski is over. Trial will be resumed on November 3 at 10 a.m.

During the questionning, Ales Bialiatski told about the history of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. The organization was liquidated and all attempts to get registered with the state didn’t bring any results. That’s why the human rights defender opened two accounts – in Poland and Lithuania, in order to receive means for human rights activities from international partners of “Viasna”.

Ales Bialiatski personally translated documents and consequently enumerates the transfers, in which it was stated that money were transferred to his account for “Viasna” and for concrete projects, in particular – for a mission to Kazakhstan, for a human rights conference and the publication of a brochure about elections in Belarus.

Bialiatski made a statement: “I was the owner of the account, but the money was spent on activities of “Viasna” and our partners in Belarus. I didn’t use these means for my own purposes – appropriate agreements were composed for their usage. Samples of such agreements are present at KGB. Apart from them, there existed other documents. I wasn’t the owner of the money, but an intermediate link. These means concerned the work of regional public reception rooms of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” and were passed to victims of political repressions. Reports about the use of the money for tickets, the publication of bulletins and support to victims of political repressions were submitted to our international partners. Moreover, not all of this money was spent in Belarus, a part of them was spent abroad, on printed production and education. I don’t see any profit received by me from this money. Personally I didn’t bring it to Belarus.” (RFE/RL)

The lawyer asked the court to request the acts of customs examination of Ales Bialiatski and the acts of the tax inspection concerning Bialiatski’s income and assets for 200-2010. 

The judge satisfied all motions.

Ales Bialiatski’s trial will be resumed on November 3 at 10 a.m.

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