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October 28th, 2008. Posted in Interviews

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Whether there is a trust between the population and courts, Office of Public Prosecutor, militia

Prison, photo levaneuski.orgWhat kind of relations there are between the population and courts, Office of Public Prosecutor, militia, whether there is between them a trust, understanding? Former political prisoner Valery Levaneuski does not nourish the hope, he says, that all are influenced by position of these institutions. “Courts are not independent and Office of Public Prosecutor also. All depends on its “highness” plan, the human destiny interests nobody, the statistical reporting interests”.

V.Levaneuski recollects an interesting example: “As to courts several years ago there was a expression of the head of the state concerning that courts sometimes took out justificatory sentences or decisions that were soft. He has told that one state body – the investigation – tries, allocates money, reveals offenders, and courts justify them. You are all citizents of one state, aren`t you?”

From here there is the following practice, marks Levaneuski: “If a investigation
shows something, the court legalizes it, in our case judge himself
can have a problems. We should`t forget, that judge is appointed by president and depends exclusively on a vertical of power “.

The journalist of “Newspaper Vyborchey” Andrey Pochobut has a juridical education, and has been arrested and condemned. He considers, that the relation of a society to law enforcement bodies is defined by the following: ” The main thing is to punish here, instead of to protect, – the journalist speaks. – Absence of trust to law enforcement bodies is not a secret for the authority. Recently all Departments of Internal Affairs in the country are obliged to spend poll concerning trust to themselves. If it is less, apparently, 25 % then heads of Departments of Internal Affairs lose the post. In Hrodno area there were three such cases”.

“As a matter of fact process should be adversary, – said A.Pochobut. – But the court repeats that charge has told. The quantity of verdicts of”not guilty” is minimum, on the Hrodno area, apparently, is less than percent. Even during Stalin times, in my opinion, there were more verdicts of”not guilty”was , than now in Belarus”.

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Note: Translated by means of machine translation. The original text in Russian is on a site www.levonevsky.org or www.levonevski.net
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