AKSANA NOVIKAVA, CONDITIONALLY SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS OF PRISISON FOR INSULT OF LUKASHENKA, RECEIVED TWO SUMMONSES TO COURT FOR PARTICIPATION IN PEACEFUL ACTIONS.
Aksana Novikava is summoned to court on 2.30 p.m. on January 16. Savetski borough court is to hear the case of her detention on November 24 during action of protest against the possible referendum with the purpose to prolong the term of the presidential power of A. Lukashenka. Then the police detained 17 people, Aksana Novikava among them. She was released at 9 p. m. and was supposed to come to court on November 25. However, Aksana Novikava decided not to come to the court. She explained her position: “I am not going to go there on my own will. If the regime is illegal, its demands are illegal as well, and there is no need to fulfill them”.
Novikava also received summons to come to Frunzenski borough court on January 21. The court will hear the case of her detention on December 11. That time Novikava was detained for an unauthorized picket. She went out in front of Minsk city court building with a poster: “Belarus needs a jury trial”. Frunzenski borough police reported she had violated Art 167.1 part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offences (infringements during mass events).
Let us remind the readers, that on January 17, 2004 Frunzenski borough court of Minsk is to hear the possibility to disaffirm the stay of execution of her sentence for insult of the president. Novikava is facing the real imprisonment for 2 years. Her case was sent to court because of her numerous detentions for public and political activities.