News for 12 Oct 2011
Valiantsin Fiadziuk, fourth-year student of the International Institute MITSO (higher educational establishment of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Belarus) was expelled for participation in a silent protest action. The order for his expulsion was signed by the new rector, Stanislau Kniazeu.
12.10.2011 Last figurant of “19 December mass riot” case sentenced to three years of personal restraint
The Maskouski District Court of Minsk finished the proceedings concerning the last figurant of the 19 December case, Sviataslau Barananovich. Judge Alena Rudnitskaya found him guilty of participation in the “mass riot” and sentenced him to three years of personal restraint with direction to a penitentiary
On 16 October the Brest human rights defender Raman Kisliak planned to hold a one-man procession on Kasmanauty Strip in Brest in order to draw the public attention to violalion of the right to freedom of the vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights, chairman of the Human Rights Center “Viasna” Ales Bialiatski.
Political activist Zhukouski wanted to attend the trial of Valery Sliapukhin. As far as Judge Illia Svirydau postponed the trial to an unknown time, Zhukouski tried to ask the judge and the secretary about it. However, he didn't find them in their rooms. That's why he came to Tatsiana Adrynets, chairwoman of the Chyhunachny District Court of Homel. She answered that the trial would continue at 3 p.m. However, Mr. Zhukouski noticed that the judge intended to continue the trial during the dinner break.
Valery's friends kept their duty at the entrance of the Chyhunachny District Court of Homel since morning on 11 October. The defendant was taken to the court only at 1 p.m. Judge Illia Svirydau didn't let some of the activists in the court hall, as they had to look for the room where the trial was taking place and were a bit late. As a result, political activist Kanstantsin Zhukouski filed a complaint concerning the actions of the judge and the situation when people have to look for the place of the trial.
The apartment of an activist of the “Young Front”, Volha Kamiahina, was kept in siege in the morning. A minibus came to the yard. After unknown people stopped phoning on the intercom, she received a telephone call, allegedly from the post, with the request to accept registered mail.
The administration of the KGB prison, where Mr. Liabedzka was kept, refused to return him his notebooks, money and the cross he wore on his neck. The official reason is that Liabedzka cannot show his passport (which was allegedly attached to his case).