The hearings on the criminal case were held at the Maskouski District Court of Minsk since 28 September till 12 October. The trial was led by Judge Alena Rudnitskaya with the participation of prosecutor of the Maskouski District Procuracy of Minsk Siarkou as the state accuser.
Analytical review of the court proceedings on the criminal case of Daronin, Fedarkevich, Kazakou, Loban, Matsukevich and Sakret
The trial of the criminal case against Daronin, Fedarkevich, Kazakou, Matsukevich and Sakret took place on 5-11 March at the Maskouski District Court of Minsk. The case was tried by Judge Alena Shylko with participation of the state accuser Melnikau, Deputy Prosecutor of the Maskouski District of Minsk. The defendants were charged under Article 293, part 2 of the Criminal Code (direct participation in mass riot). On 12 May the court found them guilty under Article 293, part 2.
Analytical review of the trial on the criminal case of Drozd, Khamichenka, Kirkevich, Pratasenia and Vinahradau
During the court proceedings there wasn't presented any evidence that a mass riot, accompanied with the aggregate of such actions as personal violence, destruction of property and armed resistance to public agents, had really taken place in Nezalezhnasts Square on 19 December 2010.
Trials of 22 accused in the 19 December “mass riot” case continued in four district courts of Minsk. Dzmitry Drozd, Uladzimir Khamichenka, Ales Kirkevich, Andrei Pratasenia and Pavel Vinahradau were found guilty under Article 293 of the Criminal Code by Ala Bulash, Judge of the Kastrychnitski District Court of Minsk. The verdict was very harsh: Kirkevich and Vinahradau were sentenced to 4 years in a high-security prison and all the rest – to 3 years. Five more human rights defenders, representatives of the International Observation Mission, were deported from Belarus. The right to freedom of associations and expression is still violated, persecution of civil and political activists is going on as well.
The Human Rights Center “Viasna” believes that: 1. The verdict pronounced by Minsk Partyzanski District Court, sentencing Mikita Likhavid to 3.5 years of imprisonment in a high-security penal colony, is illegal and politically motivated. 2. Mikita Likhavid should be considered a prisoner of conscience and therefore the Human Rights Center “Viasna” demands his acquittal and immediate release.
Aliaksandr Atroshchankau, Aliaksandr Malchanau and Dzmitry Novikau were charged with committing a crime under Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (rioting). Malchanau was also charged under Art. 370 of the Criminal Code (outrage of state symbols).
On 1 March 2011 the court hearings on the criminal case of Dzmitry Leanidavich Miadzvedz, charged with violation of Article 293, part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, 'mass riot', started at the Maskouski District Court with the participation of Judge Alena Rudnitskaya, Deputy Prosecutor of the Maskouski district K.Mazouka (who represented the state accusation), Miadzvedz's attorney Siarhei Lepesh and a representative of the state plaintiff, the Main Council of the Presidential Administration.