Ales Lipay released following questioning

Ales Lipay, the founder and director general of BelaPAN who was taken Thursday for questioning following a search of his Minsk home, was released later in the day.

Mr. Lipay went home after spending about two and a half hours at the Financial Investigations Department’s office for Minsk and the Minsk region.

He was notified of criminal proceedings against him on suspicion of income tax evasion.

Officers of the Financial Investigations Department came to Mr. Lipay’s apartment on Pulikhava Street at about 7 a.m. He immediately called human rights defender Ales Byalyatski and did not open the door for the visitors until Mr. Byalyatski arrived.

The officers produced a search warrant signed by the city prosecutor and explained that the search would be conducted in connection with the investigation of a criminal case.