Bialiatski’s lawyer files appeal against court verdict

On 29 November lawyer Dzmitry Layeuski filed an appeal against the verdict of the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk to human rights defender Ales Bialiatski with the Minsk City Court.

In his last plea Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, emphasized his innocence and expressed a firm conviction that his case “was politically motivated from the beginning to the end”.

On November 24, Judge Siarhei Bandarenka sentenced the vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights, Chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski to 4.5 years in a high-security prison with confiscation of assets for a large-scale tax evasioin. Bialiatski was also sentenced to pay 721 mln rubles to the state in damages and 36 mln rubles for court expenditures.


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