Court to consider future of Russians arrested in Belarus - FM

MINSK, February 10 (Itar-Tass) -- Future of Russia's citizens Artyom Breus and Ivan Gaponov, who were arrested in Minsk, may be considered in the court only, Press Secretary of Belarus' Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh said on Thursday commenting on the situation with the Russian citizens, accused of participating in a demonstration on December 19, which had not been approved by the local authorities.

"The Russian side has full information on this matter and knows that it is being considered strictly in compliance with the existing legislation, where all civil rights of the investigated persons are observed fully," he said. "Their future may be decided by the court only."

Russia's Embassy was informed in time on the detention of these persons, and the embassy staff were granted an opportunity to meet with them without any limitations, he added.

Savinykh informed that the charge on the merits had been presented to the detained earlier, and the criminal case was transferred to the prosecutor for further court procedures.

"All publications in the media which claim the opposite do not reflect the reality," he said. "Cases of the kind should be considered in the framework of present legislation and in compliance with it."

"Any actions which may be qualified as pressure on the court or the investigation authorities are inappropriate and illegal," he added.


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