Leninsky district court of Mogilev has extended for 15 days the arrest of a blogger and opponent of President Alexander Lukashenko Sergei Tikhanovski. About it reports “radio Svaboda”.
Tikhanovski detained on 27 may at the picket in support of the nomination of his wife Svetlana candidate. She filed her candidacy after the blogger refused to register. At the trial he did not deny that he participated in a campaign picket of his wife, as he had the right to do so as the head of its initiative group.
Lawyer Tikhanovski Victor Matskevich has asked the judge to stop administrative prosecution in connection with the lack of offense in the actions of the defendant. According to him, the right to vote allows members of the campaign to criticize the government and to attract supporters.
He also claimed that Tikhanovski not need to inform the authorities about the picket, because he was the head of the initiative group, and the place of the picket was banned.
In Belarus is scheduled for August 9th inivory President. The CEC registered five candidates. For the post of the head of state claimed by incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovski, which taken their children to one of the countries of the European Union, co-Chairman of the Association “Tell the truth” Andrey Dmitriev, ex-Deputy Anna Konopacka and leader of the Belarusian social-democratic party Sergey Cerecer.
With the presidential race in the country previously starred four candidates: the leader of the liberal democratic party Oleg Gaidukevich, Deputy Chairman of Association of carriers “Region 8” Natalia Kissel, rock musician Alexander Tabolic and the head of the movement “For Freedom” Yuri Hubarevich.
One of the main opponents of Lukashenko, banker Victor Babariko was taken into custody June 18, a day before the deadline, which is given to collect signatures for the candidate. Law enforcement authorities accused him of financial crimes. On the same day in Minsk held a protest against the persecution of opposition politicians. Belarusian citizens formed a human chain and stood there for more than six hours