Belarusian Authorities Accuse Father Syarhey Nehames of Fraud
A UOC protopriest and the head of Khmelnytskyi diocese Syarhey Nehames (Horbik) is accused of fraud, stated the spokesman Minsk Investigative Committee of Belarus Aliaksandr Hierasimau in his interview to KRYNICA.INFO.
“It was found during the investigation that the suspect, though being citizen of Belarus, resided in Ukraine, – explained Aliaksandr Hierasimau. – as soon as the investigators had managed to find out Syarhey Nehames’s current residue a plead was sent to the Ukrainian law enforcement to extradite him for a trial”.
“Syarhey Nehames is accused of crimes described in the Article 209 of the Penal Code, viz. “Fraud””, – stated Aliaksandr Hierasimau. Also the Investigative Committee spokesman added that the details of the case are not currently available for press.
According to the Penal Code, part 3 of the Article 209 describes the penalty for a grand fraud and presupposes the penalty of incarceration for a term from 2 to 7 years.
Previously Syarhey Nehames stated in his interview to KRYNICA.INFO that the actions of Belarusian authorities have a political background. The priest openly criticizes Belarusian government in public and is also a chaplain of Civil group “Podilska Sich” that participates in upholding the public order and protecting the Russian-Ukrainian border in the area of anti-terrorist operation in the East of Ukraine. Father Syarhey spiritually guides the ATO fighters and was decorated by Ukrainian government.
The priest lives in Lviv since 2003 but Belarusian authorities stated about his international search only in 2015.
The lawyer of f. Syarhey Horbik, Alyona Kis insists that the cause of the case is purely political. Several documents in her possession, among them being the marriage certificate issued in Ukraine in 2003 and the residence certificate issued in 2011, show that at the moment of the issue of those documents Belarusian party did not have any claims against the priest.
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