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Belarus: Maryia Kalesnikava and lawyer Maksim Znak sentenced to 11 and 10 years in prison

06/09/21

Maksim Znak (left) and Maryya Kalesnikava stand inside a defendants' cage as they attend a court hearing in Minsk on September 6.

The Minsk Regional Court has sentenced Maryia Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak, members of the opposition Coordination Council, to 11 and 10 years in prison, respectively, on charges “calls for action against national security” (Part 3 of Art. 361), “conspiracy to seize power in an unconstitutional manner” (Part 1 of Art. 357) and “creation and administration of an extremist formation” (Part 1 of Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code).

Kalesnikava will serve her sentence in a general-security penal colony, while Znak was ordered imprisonment under medium-security conditions.

Due to the fact that the trial was held behind closed doors and the defense lawyers cannot disclose any information about the court hearings, no details are known as to the essence of the charges. Shortly before the trial, the Prosecutor General’s Office said that “no later than July 16, 2020, the defendants, together with other persons, entered into a conspiracy to seize power in an unconstitutional manner.” The charge related to Kalesnikava and Znak’s activities as part of the opposition Coordination Council established after the rigged presidential election of August 9, 2020.

“According to the plan, after declaring themselves and publicly appearing in various places as representatives of the majority of Belarusian citizens, they prepared and publicly announced statements about the election victory of candidate S. Tsikhanouskaya, loss of confidence of the people of Belarus in government and administration, and weakness of the current government. They called for ‘strikes’ at state-owned enterprises with purely political demands as a legal way of expressing their opinions. They have repeatedly called directly and in a veiled form for the election to be declared invalid and the incumbent head of state to be illegitimate,” the indictment read.

Both convicts were earlier called political prisoners by the country’s leading human rights organizations.

https://spring96.org/en/news/104877

https://www.rferl.org/a/belarus-kalesnikava-znak-verdict/31445578.html

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/belarus-protest-leader-kolesnikova-sentenced-11-years-jail-2021-09-06/

https://www.rferl.org/amp/belarus-kalesnikava-znak-verdict/31445578.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58395120

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/09/06/en-bielorussie-la-figure-de-l-opposition-maria-kolesnikova-condamnee-a-onze-ans-de-prison_6093583_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lalibre.be/international/europe/2021/09/06/lopposante-bielorusse-maria-kolesnikova-condamnee-a-onze-ans-de-detention-CNXY4TYLSJDJVHMKOLMPAN3NLU/

https://www.rfi.fr/fr/europe/20210906-la-bi%C3%A9lorussie-condamne-l-opposante-maria-kolesnikova-%C3%A0-11-ans-de-prison-pour-complot

https://www.infobae.com/america/mundo/2021/09/06/el-regimen-de-lukashenko-condeno-a-la-lider-opositora-bielorrusa-maria-kolesnikova-a-11-anos-de-prision/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2021/09/06/news/bielorussia_condanna_attivisti_kolesnikova_znak-316690959/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/topnews/2021/09/06/bielorussia-condannati-gli-oppositori-kolesnikova-e-znak_3d527b25-f2af-423c-9aaf-ee9d35dd0b8a.html

Tunisia: Tunisie : L’ONAT dénonce la comparution d’avocats et de civils devant la justice militaire

04/09/21

L’Ordre national des avocats de Tunisie (ONAT) a dénoncé, samedi, la comparution d’avocats et de civils devant la justice militaire.

” Emettre un mandat de dépôt à l’encontre d’un avocat avant de l’interroger et d’entendre sa défense, est une violation de la loi, de la présomption d’innocence et du droit à la défense “, souligne-t-il dans un communiqué.

L’ONAT concède que ” les avocats ne sont pas au-dessus de la loi “, appelant à garantir les droits des citoyens et des procédures légales.

Il dit rejeter ” l’atteinte aux libertés et les pressions sur les droits fondamentaux et constitutionnels, et à leur tête la liberté d’expression, la liberté de manifester, l’intégrité du logement et le respect des données personnelles “.

Il appelle, en outre, à révéler sans délai toute la vérité sur les assassinats politiques et à traduire devant la justice tous ceux qui s’avèreront impliqués dans l’envoi de Tunisiens vers les zones de tensions, le terrorisme, la corruption financière et politique ainsi que la fraude électorale.

L’Ordre national des avocats a, par ailleurs, appelé le président de la République Kaïs Saïed à ” adresser des messages clairs et rassurants quant à l’avenir du pays ” et à ” prendre sans tarder les mesures permettant de sortir de la situation exceptionnelle et de rompre avec l’ancien système “.

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https://www.espacemanager.com/lonat-denonce-la-comparution-davocats-et-de-civils-devant-la-justice-militaire.html

https://www.nessma.tv/fr/nationale/actu/l-onat-denonce-la-comparution-d-avocats-et-de-civils-devant-la-justice-militaire/343601

https://www.tunisienumerique.com/exclusif-chawki-tabib-audio-je-suis-victime-dune-campagne-de-diffamation-je-demande-ma-protection-et-un-proces-equitable/

Bhiri exprime sa solidarité avec ses confrères, les avocats Makhlouf, Tabib, Zargouba et Merghelli