The Center «Collaboration without borders» demands that the Polish authorities to stop political persecution of Belarusian activist (photo)

29.07.2011

On July 28 Consulate of Poland in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk received a petition demanding that the Prosecutor General of Poland to stop political persecution of Belarusian activist Andrei Zhukavets. The initiator of the treatment was the Ukrainian Center “Collaboration without borders”. A similar letter will be sent by mail to Attorney General of Poland Andrew Sheremet.

Petition

The Center of regional development “Collaboration without borders” refers to the Attorney General of Poland Andrew Sheremet to stop the political persecution of Belarusian activist Andrei Zhukavets.

For 10 years, court staff and prosecutors of Bialystok have being trying to sue Zhukavets and to extradite him to the territory of Belarus. They falsify documents.  The facts of falsification repeatedly identified, but despite this lawsuit against Zhukavets has not been closed.

All this shows that lawsuit against Zhukavets is made-to-order, and the activist is persecuted for his political views. And all this is happening with the connivance of Prosecutor general of Poland.

In case of renewal of persecution of Zhukavets, Center “Collaboration without borders” will launch a campaign in Ukraine to raise public awareness about the political persecution of Belarusian activist by the Polish prosecutors and the court.

Let us recall that in Belarus the entrepreneur Zhukavets financially supported the “Young Front”, human rights defenders and opposition. He was detained for “Chernobyl Way” in 1996. After that there were sent inspections in a company “Trace” belonging Zhukavets from Minsk City Executive Committee and the KGB. According to the Lukashenko’s directive, firm was closed down. However, they had no right to it: the firm took a loan of 700 thousand dollars and had to pay it. On the basis of fabricated evidence was prosecuted.

After the closure of the firm, Zhukavets tried to repay the loans, but the bank did not accept the money. After that, he was brought a criminal case on charges of failing to pay nearly 700 thousand dollars of credit to two Belarusian banks.

In 1999 Zhukavets left Belarus and sought political asylum in Poland. However the persecution did not cease. His trial in Poland lasts for 10 years. In 2001 Zhukavets even was arrested, and released only after intervention by then-Attorney General Lech Kaczynski.

It was also found that in 2002-2005 interpreters were falsifying documents, while translating into Polish banking documents from Belarus in a legal case against Zhukavets.

Press Service of the Center of regional development “Collaboration without borders”

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