MINSK CITY COURT DID NOT SATISFY COMPLAINT OF YOUNG FRONT ACTIVIST. In its reply to the complaint filed by Artur Finkevich, Minsk city court states his arguments are "wrong" and "the administrative penalty was imposed on him taking into account the data characterizing his personality and concrete circumstances of the case". In his complaint Artur Finkevich demanded to "reverse the judgement of Savetski borough court of Minsk as it was not grounded on the law"

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Head of Minsk city court Mikhail Ardziaka informed Artur Finkevich that his complain had not been satisfied for the following reasons: "In your complaint you argued that the judgement was illegal, because you think you had committed an extended offence and were already made responsible for a similar offence on November 13. The offence you committed is not extended in time, because the offence in case was stopped on November 10, and the other offence was stopped on November 12. The administrative penalty was imposed on you under Art 167-1 part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offences taking into account the data characterizing his personality and concrete circumstances of the case".
Let us remind the readers, on 27 November Judge of Minsk Savetski Borough Court Ruslan Kazadayew sentenced activist of Young Front Artur Finkevich to 15 days in jail. This verdict was pronounced on the day when the term of the previous imprisonment was over and A. Finkevich was to have been released from jail. Before that on 13 November he was sentenced to 15 days in jail for distribution of fly-sheets with the invitation to the action against the possible referendum that could allow A. Lukashenka to run for the third presidential term. Having served the first 15-day sentence, Artur Finkevich was taken right to Minsk Savetski police board. The police drew up another report under Article 167.1 part 2 (distribution of fly-sheets, for which Finkevich was detained a week before the first sentence). As a result, Judge Ruslan Kazadayew again sentenced the defendant to 15 days in jail. Later, in December 18 Artur Finkevich received the decision of Zavodzki borough commission for administrative offences. The decision, dated December 12, ruled to fine Finkevich 60 thousand rubles (about 30 USD) for "distribution of printed materials with violation of the prescribed order" (Art 172 part 3 of the Code of Administrative Offences).

This is the first precedent when a person was twice sentenced to a maximal term of imprisonment for the same administrative violation. Artur Finkevich spent a month in the unbearable conditions of the pre-trial detention center for the same actions. He was taken to the police right from the detention center, then to the court and back to the detention center for another 15 days. Yet later he received a fine. Finkevich plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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