Belarusian human rights activists recognized Babariko and his son prisoners

Belarusian human rights organizations have recognized political prisoners contender for the presidency of Belarus, former head of Belgazprombank Victor Babariko and other law enforcement authorities detained members of his initiative group, said in a statement published on the website not registered by the authorities human rights center "Viasna".

"We, representatives of Belarusian human rights organization, claimed about recognition of Victor Babariko, Eduard babaryka (the son of the politician and the head of his initiative group – ed.), (other members of the initiative group – ed.) Svetlana Kupreeva, Vladimir Dudarev political prisoners", - the document says.

In this regard, human rights activists demand their immediate release from custody "provision of Babariko the ability to freely participate in free and democratic elections, based on the principles of equal and competitive political struggle." Human rights organizations also expect the Belarusian authorities "refusal to use methods of criminal prosecution as a tool of pressure on participants of election campaign".

The statement was signed by human rights center "Viasna", Belarusian Helsinki Committee, legal transformation Center Lawtrend, public Association "Legal initiative" and other human rights organizations ten organizations.

Previously the head office of Belagroprombank in Minsk were searched. 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. All in all, about 20 people were detained, including top managers of the Bank.

On Friday the SCC RIA Novosti reported that the materials of the "case of Belgazprombank" was transferred to the Prosecutor General of the Republic, which further the 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 elections in Belarus on 9 August, are not connected.