Trial of Sheremet Is Delayed

2004 2004-10-20T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

At 9 p.m. the trial of the Russian TV journalist Pavel Sheremet was to have started at Minsk Savetski Borough Court. We should remind that on 17 October Sheremet was assaulted by two unknown persons in plain clothes. As a result of manipulations at the Minsk Savetski Borough Board of Internal Affairs the journalist turned from victim into offender. The police charged him in small disorderly conduct – assault on two men. At first the journalist was taken to the detention center in Akrestsin Street, but soon transferred to a hospital, where the doctors made their diagnosis – brain concussion.

Many journalists, politicians, well-known public activists and human rights defenders came to the trial. Judge Ruslan Kazadayew said that the case materials weren’t submitted to the court and therefore the trial was delayed for unknown time. It’s quite interesting that Kazadayew and Sheremet were friends during their student years.