Investigator Baikova is Persuaded to Stop Hunger Strike

16.06.2010 10:42

Senior investigator for especially important cases of the General Prosecutor's Office of Belarus, Svetlana Baikova, located in remand prison, on June 15 stopped a two-week hunger strike in protest against the arrest. As the lawyer, Mikhail Volchek, told, it took him half a day to persuade Svetlana Baikova to stop the hunger strike.

«Almost half a day, I begged her to stop the hunger strike, and as a result my arguments had some effect. She wrote a statement addressed to the chief of detention facility that she stopped the hunger strike. She said she hoped the head of state to react to the letter, she had recently sent», Mikhail Volchek said, Belarusian service of Radio Liberty reports.

As Telegraph already reported, according to the lawyer of Svetlana Baikova, as a result of the hunger strike his defendant’s health has deteriorated, there have started problems with her legs.

KGB officers arrested Svetlana Baikova during anticorruption company in February. She is charged with attempt to unlawful exemption from criminal liability, unlawful exemption from criminal liability and abuse of power or official authorities, and with bringing charges against the known to be innocent and knowingly false arrest or detention.

General Prosecutor of Belarus brought the protest to KGB chairman’s decision to choose and apply preventive punishment in the form of detention, but the court did not support the position of the General Prosecutor.

On May 11, Minsk City Court extended the arrest of a senior investigator for especially important cases, Svetlana Baikova, till June 24.

Moreover, Svetlana Baikova has sent a petition to Alexander Lukashenko, demanding to release her from custody. The lawyer of the accused, Mikhail Volchek, reported that her petition to the head of state as the guarantor of the Constitution refers to the need to protect the constitutional rights of Svetlana Baikova. The letter also provides evidences of the actions illegality of some State Security Committee’s officers.