‘Spy’ case in court

Vitsebsk regional court is to try the case of young activist Andrey Haydukou who is charged with treason against Fatherland. The court date does not get reported.

Volha Haydukova, the detainee’s mother informed human rights centre Viasna (Spring) of transferring the case to court. “I want it to be tried in open court… I want all the suspicions and claims to Andrey to be sounded at last. But I doubt that anyone will listen to my voice… Our lawyer says that any decision is possible: the proceedings might be held in camera or in public,” she said.

The 23-year Deputy Head of unregistered organization “The Union of Young Intellectuals” was arrested by the State Security Committee (KGB) on November 8, 2012 in Vitsebsk. On November 13, 2013 KGB spokesman Aliaksandr Antanovich announced that Mr Haydukou “had gathered and passed political and economic information on the instructions of a foreign intelligence agency,” and that he had been caught in the act of making a dead drop.

Unfortunate joke about CIA?

After Andrey Haydukou’s arrest became available to the public, Tatsiana Seviarynets, a coordinator of the Belarusian Christian Democracy, made an assumption that the detention might be related to some Eastern Partnership project which was being developed by Mr Haydukou and Illya Bahdanau, an activist of the BCD.

According to the unconfirmed information, at first the KGB accused Haydukou of “intention to sign a treaty with U.S secret services”, the maximum punishment for it being two years of imprisonment. But later the case was redrafted; chekists must have decided that the “treaty” had been already signed. Now Andrey Haydukou is accused of treason against Fatherland under Art. 356 of the Belarusian Criminal Code and may be sentenced to up to 15 years of imprisonment.

Talking about their project, Haydukou and Bahdanau were joking that it was the CIA that supported them financially, Tatsiana Seviarynets said.



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