On January 21, Alexandre Lukashenko met with heads of Belarus’s biggest mass media. BelaPAN director Ales Lipai asked him about political prisoner Ales Bialiatski.
Lipai explained the damage, which the court thinks human rights defender Bialiatski caused to the state, had been compensated by public members. “The damage was compensated from public donations. There were cases in the country that businessman were released after paying bigger compensations. In Russia, Putin recently freed his vigorous opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who caused damage of 500 million dollars, a much bigger sum,” Lipai said.
According to Lukashenka, the issue of amnesty could be considered if the information about the compensation was proved.
Two months have passed, and Nasha Niva newspaper sent a request to A...Read More