A lawyer for many well-known activists of the Belarusian opposition – Natalla Mackiewicz – has been suspended from performing her duties. The reason is the disciplinary proceedings conducted by the Minsk Bar Association.
The decision to remove Mackiewicz from performing his duties from October 13 was made by the Ministry of Justice of Belarus, the Viasna Human Rights Center announced on Wednesday.
Mackiewicz is an advocate of, inter alia, the former president of Belgazprombank and a serious rival of Lukashenka in last year’s presidential elections Wiktar Babaryka, sentenced to 14 years in a prison colony for alleged financial crimes. He also works for an opposition activist Siarheja Cichanouski (husband of the current opposition leader, Swiatłany Cichanouskie). She also defended the Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, who supported opponents of the Lukashenka regime after last year’s presidential elections.
Long history of defense
Independent media call a lawyer with a long history of defense in political matters one of the most respected lawyers in Belarus, defending famous opposition and social activists in high-profile politically motivated cases.
The Wiasna Center informs about the “mass deprivation of the right to work” by lawyers during the political crisis lasting from 2020 and the intensification of repression in Belarus. The lawyers who have been deprived of their license include defenders of Wiktar Babaryka, Mary Kalesnikawa and other opposition activists.
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