The blogger Aleh Zhalnou, prosecuted by local authorities in Babruysk, was detained for almost twelve hours “under suspicion of preparing an explosion”.
On February 4, in the morning, the blogger came to a personal meeting to the head of a department of the local Investigative Committee. He left his personal belongings in the cloakroom, including a key for the car. The duty officer imagined that the key could be a remote control for a bomb, and arrested the blogger. He was searched and then placed into a camera, then questioned. A lawyer was invited.
After the questioning and watching surveillance camera records, he was set free “taking into consideration that the grounds for further detention were dismissed”. Unfortunately, the police decided to seize all information carriers – three flashcards, three telephones and a 3G modem with a 16 GB memory card.
In the evening the blogger’s son Aliaksei was released: he has a criminal case initiated against him under article 364 of the Criminal Code – “violence or threat against a police officer”.