Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus is bewildered with the Polish officials calling for the EU to put pressure on the Belarusian authorities for the arrest of Polish journalist Andrei Poczobut. The Foreign Ministry recalled that Andrei Poczobut is a citizen of Belarus; here he lives and works here and "just like any other citizen of Belarus he is placed in the legal environment, defined by the Belarusian legislation."
"According to the logic of the Polish party, Poczobut should be treated as "untouchable" just because he calls himself a journalist, is Polish be nationality and is "appointed" by Warsaw as chairman of the Union of Poles in Belarus. All citizens in Belarus, regardless of their profession or nationality, are equal before the law," underlined the Belarusian Foreign Ministry issued on June 25.
The Belarusian FM advises proponents of such appeals "to recall the principle of the rule of law, so often declared by our European partners. As for Belarus, they are increasingly trying to substitute this principle for political expediency."
Unofficial Union of Poles in Belarus is trying to secure his release
In turn, leadership of the Union of Poles in Belarus, unrecognized by the authorities, addressed to the Belarusian government on June 25 in demand to release the journalist and stop a criminal prosecution against him, reports the Belarusian service of Radio "Liberty."
In addition, the Union of Poles appealed to the international community to exert pressure on the Belarusian authorities to release Andrei Poczobut, said its chairman, Angelica Orehvo.
As Telegraf previously reported, Andrei Poczobut was arrested on charges of defaming President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The Polish Foreign Ministry has demanded the immediate release of journalist.