Today, on May 11, the courts in Minsk began the proceedings against several prisoners of conscience. Iryna Khalip (correspondent for Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper and wife of the presidential candidate Andrey Sannikov), Pavel Sevyarynets, Syarhei Martseleu, presidential candidates Mikalai Statkevich and Dzmitry Uss. Meanwhile, the case against the police officer Alyaksandr Klaskouski was opened. Klaskouski was arrested and badly beaten during the election night the 19th of december 2010, for being the only police officer who tried to stop his colleagues from beating people. Other participants of the Square are also on trial today; Andrei PaznyakAlyaksandr KvyatkevichArtsyom Grybkou and Dzmitry Bulanau.

The court of the Partyzanski district also continues with the proceedings against the presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov and the participants of protests; Illya Vasilevich, Aleh Hnedchyk, Fyodar Marzayanau, and Uladzimir Yaromenak.

In Frunzenski district court, two other presidential candidates stand trial; Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu and Vital Rymasheuski, as well as members of their election teams; Andrei Dzmitryeu, Alyaksandr Fyaduta, Anastasia Palazhanka, and Syarhei Vaznyak.

They are all charged with participation in mass riots or organizing of mass riots and risk to spend many years in jail for standing up for their rights – to speak out and protest against the electoral fraud. According to belarusian independent media, the investigators have said that the people mentioned above are “the most active participants of mass riot”.

Iryna Khalip (journalist and wife of the presidential candidate Sannikov).

Presidential candidate Statkevich in the middle, former police officer Klaskouski to the left.

Former police officer Alyaksandr Klaskouski.

Photos:, AP, AFP, Nasha Niva