Court officers have started taking away items, previously placed under a decree for seizure, from Ales Bialiatski’s apartment.
The wife of politically imprisoned Ales, Natalia Pinchuk, told Radio Svaboda that the day before, a court officer had taken a TV-set from their apartment, which had been placed under siezure before Ales’ trial:
“I memorized the commentary by a court officer. When he was taking the TV-set out of the house, he said: “It is like they could not have seized something more valuable!”
According to Natalia Pinchuk, this is the first of Bialatski’s property to be taken out of the apartment.
Ales Bialatski was sentenced to 4.5 years, in November 2011, for alleged concealment of income from abroad. The reason for the criminal prosecution of Bialatski was the information about his foreign banking accounts, passed to Minsk by Lithuanian and Polish officials in the framework of bilateral agreements on legal assistance. In the court Bialatski claimed that the money in those accounts were used to human rights activities.