MINSK, 15 Feb – RIA Novosti. The Belarusian human rights center Viasna, which is not registered by the authorities, reported that lawyer Lyudmila Kazak, who is defending one of the leaders of the Belarusian opposition, Maria Kolesnikova, may be deprived of her license to practice as an administrative offense, which is regarded as an action that discredits the legal profession.
“They want to deprive lawyer Lyudmila Kazak of a license to practice law because of an administrative offense … As noted in the report on the consideration of the termination of the license, the basis for depriving the lawyer Maria Kolesnikova of lawyer status is” the implementation of actions that discredit the title of lawyer and the legal profession expression in the implementation of an administrative offense provided for in Article 23.4 “Disobedience to the legal requirement of an official in the exercise of his official powers”, – noted in a message on the website of the center. Protests in Belarus
It explains that it is about the detention of Kazak in September in Minsk, after which she was fined by the court. According to the report, after this incident, the disciplinary commission of the Minsk City Bar Association issued a reprimand to her. According to human rights activists, a meeting of the qualification commission on advocacy in Belarus created under the Ministry of Justice is scheduled for February 19, at which the issue of terminating the license will be considered.
A member of the presidium of the coordinating council of the Belarusian opposition, an activist of the headquarters of ex-presidential contender Viktor Babariko Kolesnikov is accused of calls for the seizure of power using the media and the Internet, a conspiracy to seize power and the creation of an extremist group. The term of her detention was extended until March 8.
After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, in which Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, mass opposition protests began in the country, which, among other things, were suppressed by the security forces with the use of special means. Protest actions are still going on. Law enforcement officials declare a decrease in the number of their participants and the movement of shares from the central streets to the courtyards of residential buildings.