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Belarus: Two independent union leaders convicted despite absence of proof

Author: IndustriALL, Published on: 28 August 2018

...[A]fter a two-week trial, the Sovetsky district court of the city of Minsk unjustly punished Gennady Fedynich and Ihar Komlik, leaders of the IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliate Belarusian radio and electronics industry workers’ union (REP), by undermining fundamentals of rule of law and fair trial...During the court trial of the case dubbed as “trade union case” no convincing evidence was presented. Most of the evidence presented in court looked either rigged or collected in violation of legal norms of Belarus or were not relevant to the trialled period of 2011-2012. In their final defense opinion both lawyers demanded full acquittal for both union leaders...The judge found Gennady Fedynich and Ihar Komlik guilty of tax evasion and sentenced them to a fine of BYN 47,560 (over US$23,000), a four-year suspended imprisonment and a ban on holding senior positions for 5 years.  

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