Grigory Kostusev and Aleksandr Feduta were detained on “immediate suspicion of committing a crime;” (Article 108 of the Criminal Procedure Code). This was reported by the state agency BelTA with reference to the State Security Committee.
As follows from the statement, Kostusev and Feduta were detained as part of the investigation of the initiated criminal case in accordance with Article 108 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Republic of Belarus. After urgent investigative actions and operational search measures, complete information on this situation will be provided, the KGB told the state agency.
Political scientist and critic Aleksandr Feduta disappeared in Moscow, his wife Marina told journalists. She said that there was no connection with him since 11 April and she flew to Russia’s capital. The police department in Moscow reportedly joined the search.
Marina Shibko told TUT.BY that she has filed a complaint with the Russian law enforcement agencies about his disappearance.
“I am currently in Moscow. Today I filed a complaint here about the disappearance of my spouse. When I later found out that my husband had been detained by the KGB, I contacted the Moscow investigators. They could not tell me where Aleksandr Iosifovich is – on the territory of Russia or on the territory of Belarus – and how he ended up in the KGB. They only reported that they would contact the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation on this issue,” said Shibko.
She also does not know how, when, by whom, on what grounds and under what circumstances her husband was detained.
The arrest of the leader of the Belarusian Popular Front Party Grigory Kostusev became known on the same day: the politician, according to his relatives, was detained in Shklov and taken to the KGB pre-trial detention centre in Minsk. According to Kostusev’s son-in-law, the politician was detained as a suspect under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code for “preparing or organizing actions that grossly violate public order.”
The issue of initiating a criminal case against those detained under Art. 108 of the Code of Criminal Procedure must be decided within 12 hours from the moment of actual detention. Otherwise, the person must be released. Detention under Art. 108 of the Code of Criminal Procedure cannot last more than 72 hours from the moment of actual detention.
In that case, the detainee must be released or taken into custody, for example, as an accused in a criminal case. If a person is suspected of committing especially grave crimes, then the detention cannot last more than ten days, after which the detainee must be released or taken into custody within the framework of a criminal case.