Updated at 18:18,16-07-2018

Court hears case over beating of Niakliaeu 2 years ago


A court hears a claim of former presidential candidate Uladzimir Niakliaeu, who was beaten and kidnapped during the 2010 eleciton.

Uladzimir Niakliaeu wants the court to cancel the decision of a prosecution agency that refused to initiate a criminal case against the persons who had kidnapped and beaten him. The ex-candidate thinks he was beaten by officers of security services: they wore masks and the police nearby didn't react to them. Unconscious Niakliaeu was taken to hospital. He was kidnapped from there and taken to the KGB jail.

The politician told Belsat TV channel that when he was in the KGB jail he filed a request to a prosecutor's office asking to initiate a criminal case against the persons involved in the incident. He filed another request just after his release. Niakliaeu filed five requests, but the prosecutor's office refused to initiate a criminal case saying that they had no proofs that law-enforcement officers were involved in the incident.

Niakliaeu says he does hope for a positive outcome of the trial, but stresses that people should apply to courts to have documentary proofs of claims to the Belarusian regime: "If the situation is changed, loud words will not be enough. We will need evidence."