Minsk court convicts participants of Chernobyl Way rally

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The court of Minsk’s Savetski district considered today administrative charges brought against six participants of yesterday’s Chernobyl Way rally, who were detained immediately after the meeting. In addition, the court heard the case of former political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich, who was detained ahead of the demonstration.

Judge Maryna Fiodarava considered the administrative offence reports (Art. 17.1, hooliganism and Art. 23.34, participation in an unauthorized mass event) against Dzianis Karnou. Witnesses representing the police say that Dzianis Karnou was swearing and resisted when being dragged to a police car. The sentence is 20 days of arrest.

The case of Mikalai Kolas was considered by Judge Kiryl Palulekh. Mikalai Kolas says that he was beaten in a police bus and complained of a stiff arm. He told the court that the offence report was written under torture and he was not allowed to call home. Mikalai Kolas was eventually punished with arrest of 15 days.

The case of Leanid Smouzh was considered by Judge Laukova. The charges are backed by a witness named Syravatau, commander of the group of riot police. Leanid Smouzh explained that they were held standing against the wall at the police station for more than three hours. The sentence to him is arrest for 20 days.

Vladimir Novikov, a Russian citizen, has been sentenced to 15 days of arrest under two charges, disobeying police and hooliganism.

Aliaksandr Kurbaskin, Aliaksandr Stukin and Valery Tamilin were sentenced to 20 days of arrest.

Aliaksandr Frantskevich was sentences to 25 days of arrest.

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