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Police says detained human rights activists are suspected of their involvement in the terrorist attack

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On April 19, human rights activist Pavel Levinov, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC) member, Oleg Borshchevsky, independent journalist, Olga Karach, “Our Home” organization leader, and Valeriy Shchukin, journalist and human rights activist, were detained in Minsk. Cases of detainees will be treated tomorrow at 10.00 in the Frunzensky district court of Minsk.

At about 11 a.m., police officers came to Minsk apartment of the relatives of Vitebsk civil activist Valery Shchukin. Valery and his friends were in the apartment then. Police officers checked the documents of those present and left. Later police officers returned and conducted a search of the apartment. After Shchukin asked to present a search warrant, police officers “took the building into a siege”.

Vitebsk human rights activist Pavel Levinov, who was in Minsk at the moment, went to the place of action to provide legal assistance.

At about noon, Levinov notified his colleagues from the BHC that he, Valery Shchukin, Oleg Borshchevsky and Olga Karach were detained and being transported to the Frunzensky police department. According to a police officer, they were not detained but just going to have a conversation with the head of the police department. In the police department building, the detainees were taken to different rooms for “conversations”.

At about 4 p.m., police officers notified Head of the BHC Oleg Gulak by phone that Pavel Levinov was put under 10-day arrest on suspicion of his involvement in April 11th terrorist attack. The other detainees’ status is not clear at the moment.

At the moment, all the detainees Pavel Levinov, Olga Karach, Oleg Borschevsky, Pavel Stanovsky are located in the chamber of administrative detention of the Frunzensky district police department in Minsk. All the four persons are accused with disorderly conduct – swearing in a public place (para 1, Art. 17 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Republic of Belarus). Cases of the detainees will be treated tomorrow at 10.00 in the Frunzensky district court of Minsk.

According to the recent reports, the deputy head of the Frunzensky district police department said that at the moment Levinov’s involvement in the terrorist act on April 11th is considered as unconfirmed.

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