House arrest: Defendant in White Legion case released from KGB prison

Yauhen Paltarzhytski, a defendant in the White Legion case, was released from the KGB prison on May, 19.

He has been placed under house arrest.

About 30 persons – former members of the defunct sports and patriotic organization White Legion, state-authorized sports and military club PatriotYoung Front activists as well as people who are not associated with any organizations, landed up in jail after Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s words about ‘armed militants’ posing a threat to Belarus.

Paltarzhytski, a former student of History Faculty of the Belarusian State University and Poland-based Kalinouski program fellow, was arrested on March 21. On March 30, he was officially charged under Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, and in late April he faced additional charges under Article 287 of the Criminal Code (“establishing an illegal armed group”).

Two pre-trial prisons of Minsk, the KGB prison and the Interior Ministry’s jail, continue to hold 16 people accused of ‘preparing riots’. Fifteen of them are also charged with creating of illegal armed group, HRC Viasna reports.

The man appeared in the news story on made by state-run TV station STV.

“We got information that during a rally on March 25 there might be pro-Russian forces’ attack on protesters. may attack and injure people. We were told that we should be ready. Just in case, to be able to resist,” he said.

According to STV reporters, Paltarzhytski showed where they had an ammo cache. At the same time, he did not mention thid in the video.

belsat.eu, following spring96.org

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