Ala Lapatko is accused of aiding and abetting large-scale tax evasion (Part 6 of Article 16, Part 2 of Article 243 of the Criminal Code), TUT.by reports.
On Friday, Minsk City Court considered the appeal to change Lapatko’s measure of restraint. According to the ruling, she will remain behind bars.
On May 18, Belarusian security officers descended upon TUT.BY offices across the couuntry, as well as to editors’ places. According to the official information, a criminal case was launched against TUTBY Media company officials under Part 2 of Article 243 of the Criminal Code (‘large-scale tax evasion’). 15 persons are known to have been detained as part of the criminal case opened against TUTBY Media company. 12 of them were taken into custody, including editor-in-chief Maryna Zolatava. The arrestees are being held in pre-trial detention centre Nr 1 and the notorious KGB prison ‘Amerykanka’ in Minsk.