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Stunning legal nihilism in Poland’s statement on Alexander Belyatsky’s case


12.08.2011 16:23

MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) – The statement made by the Polish Foreign Ministry after the Belarusian side obtained financial data on Alexander Belyatsky from the General Prosecutor’s Office of Poland demonstrates stunning nihilism of legal practices, Andrei Savinykh, Head of the Information Office, Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, told BelTA.

“Polish diplomats have forgotten that the sustainable development of the international community relies primarily on legal mechanisms of interstate cooperation that establish common criteria and rules for all countries of the world,” said the spokesman of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

Andrei Savinykh added that the said legal mechanisms allow effectively combating global threats like terrorism, organized crimes, embezzlement and money laundering. Corpora delicti and essential elements of such crimes are the same in all countries. “All attempts that can undermine the system are in the end aimed against the foundations of the modern civilization. The short-sighted Polish Foreign Ministry de facto revives the principle ‘The end justifies the means’,” stressed Andrei Savinykh.

The press secretary added: “Our Polish colleagues should recall the 20th century and the immense suffering that European nations had to endure because this approach was put into practice. We hope that the nascent Polish democracy has better memory. We would also like to point out that the malignant practice of artificial cultivation of pseudo-political formations, which are controlled from abroad, contradicts national laws and nurtures various crimes and abuses”.

On 4 August financial investigation bodies of the State Control Committee of Belarus pressed tax evasion charges against Belarus citizen Alexander Belyatsky, the head of the unregistered human rights center Vesna.

Pretrial investigation has ascertained that in 2009-2010 Alexander Belyatsky submitted income and property declarations to taxation authorities, including income earned abroad. However, the declarations failed to account for a large part of the revenues he received outside Belarus.

The authorities believe that Alexander Belyatsky has failed to mention over Br1 billion in taxable revenues, with Br143.7 million in income tax unpaid.
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