The German foreign Ministry commented on the arrest of Babariko
The German foreign Ministry is concerned about the situation in the election campaign in Belarus after the arrest of presidential candidate Victor Babariko, said at a briefing in Berlin, the representative of the foreign Ministry Christopher Burger.
"Yesterday we had a conversation the Belarusian foreign Minister with the ambassadors of member States of the EU, the UK and the USA. The subject was the arrest of Victor Babariko. With regard to the position of the German government, then we are concerned to observe the latest escalation in the presidential election in Belarus, arrest of potential presidential candidate Babariko raises numerous questions about the preconditions for free and fair elections in Belarus," said Burger.
He added that the persecution of political opponents "would be a heavy blow to freedom of speech and democracy in Belarus," called on Minsk to conduct the elections, "the OSCE standards", to respect the right to peaceful Assembly and freedom of speech.
Law enforcement agencies of Belarus has imposed a lien on the property of the applicant for the post of President of the Republic, the former head of Belgazprombank Victor Babariko and his son Edward, told RIA Novosti on Friday in the Belarusian state control Committee (SCC).
Previously the head office of Belagroprombank in Minsk were searched. This Bank for 20 years headed Babariko, which, like the current Belarusian leader Lukashenko, involved in the presidential election of 2020. SCC of Belarus said that the Bank acted organized criminal group, the conclusion of money abroad. On Thursday, Babariko was arrested along with his son, who runs his initiative group. They are both in the KGB jail. In total detained about 20 people, including Bank executives, many of them cooperate with the investigation.
On Friday the SCC RIA Novosti reported that the materials of the "case of Belgazprombank" was transferred to the Prosecutor General of the Republic. According to the attorney General Alexander Konyukov, the Agency, after reviewing these materials, saw the actions of defendants "a real threat to the national security interests" of Belarus. In this regard, further investigation of the KGB.
Babariko previously expressed the opinion that the actions of the authorities of the Republic are politically motivated nature on the backdrop of the presidential campaign. However, the head of the SCC Ivan Tertel said that criminal cases against top managers of Belagroprombank and the presidential election in which a candidate of Babariko, not connected in any way. Presidential elections will be held in Belarus on 9 August.