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In pictures: Preliminary hearing in bribery case against former deputy health minister, dental clinic’s former chief physician

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(BelaPAN Photo/Syarhey Balay)

A bribery trial for former Deputy Health Minister Ihar Lasitski and Uladzimir Krawchonak, the former chief physician of City Dental Clinic No. 12 in Minsk, will open in the Minsk City Court on January 11.

Both men will answer a charge of receiving bribes. In addition, Mr. Krawchonak is accused of abuse of office.

Mr. Krawchonak, who was moved to house arrest after formally agreeing to cooperate with investigators last year, appeared in the city court for a preliminary hearing on Friday. Mr. Lasitski remains in custody and was not brought to the courthouse for the hearing.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Krawchonak said that it had taken him two weeks to find a new job after his dismissal from the chief physician’s position. He now works as a dentist at another state clinic in the Belarusian capital.

“I am an honest person,” said Mr. Krawchonak. Asked by a reporter how his statement agreed with the charges against him and his decision to give evidence against other people as part of his cooperation deal with investigators, he replied, “I am responsible only for my own actions. Every person can make a mistake.”

Both men were arrested by officers of the Committee for State Security (KGB) in mid-2018 as part of an inquiry into corruption schemes involving the supply of drugs and equipment to hospitals.





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