Vice-head of Homel UCP Organization Is Charged with “Activity on Behalf of Unregistered Organization”
On 30 August Zhlobin District Court started the trial on the administrative case against the vice-head of Homel regional organization of United Civil Party, vice-head of Homel branch of the Republican public association “Legal Initiative”, who is charged with activity on behalf of unregistered organization.
Uladzimir Katsora described the circumstances:
“I was on my way from Minsk to Homel. I had the “Vremya” newspaper and the fly-sheets “Five Steps to Better Life” with me. Near the town of Zhlobin I noticed attention of the police. I was stopped by road police near the village of Lebiadziowka and told my car reminded of a stolen car and that I had to go to Zhlobin District Police Board. I was escorted there by the road policemen. Then workers of the DPB examined my car, attached the newspaper and the fly-sheets and composed a report for violation of article 167-10 of the Administrative Code of the Republic of Belarus (activity on behalf of unregistered organization). They considered People’s coalition “5+” to be such an organization. They passed the report to Zhlobin District Court. On 30 August I proved to the court that the “Vremya” newspaper was registered, but the judge doubted whether United Civil Party was and told me to present to her a copy of its registration certificate.
The trial will continue at 2 p.m. on 31 August at Zhlobin District Court.