News for 16 Mar 2013
16.03.2013 Police drop charges against journalist Andrzej Poczobut, his guilt not proved
MINSK, March 15. The Office of the Investigative Committee’s Hrodna regional department completed the investigation of criminal charges brought under Par. 2 of Art. 367 of the Criminal Code (“defamation of the President committed by a person who has previously been convicted of libel”) against Hrodna journalist Andrzej Poczobut, the BelaPAN news agency reports.
16.03.2013 Pavel Seviarynets: “Police brutality is commonplace in Belarus...”
The International Day Against Police Brutality is celebrated worldwide on 15 March, but not in Belarus. It is not common to speak about police brutality. According to political prisoner Pavel Seviarynets, co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy, we have as a commonplace, rather than the exception.