News for 4 Jan 2012

04.01.2012 Pavel Vinahradau sentenced to 7 days of arrest

Judge of the Maskouski District Court Aliaksandr Kostrykau found former political prisoner, activist of the civil campaign “Tell The Truth!” Pavel Vinahradau guilty of committing an administrative offence under Article 17.1 of the Administrative Code of Belarus, BelaPAN news agency reports.

04.01.2012 Vitsebsk: prison administration refuses to accept water for hungering activist

Siarhei Kavalenka, a member of the Conservative-Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front”, has been on a hunger-strike of protest for the 16th day already. This is how he protests against the ungrounded, in his opinion, accusation of avoidance from serving punishment. According to Alena Kavalenka, they once again rejected drinking water for her husband. She thinks that this is a torture with regard to a person who is on a hunger strike and has many chronic diseases.

04.01.2012 “Young Front” activist Ales Kirkevich issued with a warning

He signed for the first warning for public order violation there. It was connected with Kirkevich's detention in September 2011. Let us remind you, he disseminated leaflets with the information about the 21 September silent protest action then.

Heorhi Stankevich demands that court drops his case

04.01.2012 Heorhi Stankevich demands that court drops his case

Heorhi Stankevich, editor of the small-circulation newspaper “Kryvinka”, distributed in the Beshankovichy district, is charged with violation of the distribution rules. He was to have been tried for it on 4 January. However, Heorhi didn't manage to come due to an illness.

Brest: Viktar Chaikouski appeals against unlawful arrest

04.01.2012 Brest: Viktar Chaikouski appeals against unlawful arrest

Viktar Chaikouski, deputy chairperson of the national public association “Perspective”, filed an appeal with the Brest Region Court.

04.01.2012 Vitsebsk: Taras Surhan receives double penalty

On 31 December 2011 the activist of the “European Belarus” Taras Surhan was summonsed to the Chyhunachny District Police Department of Vitsebsk, allegedly for a “prophylactic talk”. However, he had hardly managed to leave the police station when he was detained by riot police and returned there.

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