A special investigative committee completed its work three months ago and decided to bring charges against Dorn.
The court of the central district of Minsk held its first hearing earlier this month. It took the prosecutor more than two hours to read all the allegations against Dorn, who is accused of violating seven articles of the criminal law in Belarus, including accepting bribes, forging documents, avoiding taxes, destroying documents, abusing power, and causing damage on a large scale.
The judge announced that he would order witnesses to appear at the trial and told the suspect that “if convicted, you will have to bear the expense of bringing the witnesses to court.”
The prosecutor also accused the Jewish community leader of illegally disassembling and damaging, along with local residents, the historical home of the Hafetz Haim – one of the most important and influential rabbis of the pre-Holocaust period. The dismantled house was transported to Lithuania before being shipped to the United States.
“The defendant had been signing all the lease agreements for the community-owned properties over the last seven years,” said the prosecutor.