Detained in Svislach to Be Tried on November 4

2004 2004-11-01T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On November 1 Svislach court was to try Viktar Sazonaw (head of Hrodna regional branch of the Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada), Siarhei Malchyk (head of Hrodna regional branch of Belarusian Popular Front), and Vadzim Saranchukow (BPF activist). They were detained on October 31 during commemoration march of Kalinowski brothers (they marched in Svislach town with national white-red-white flags).
The trial was scheduled for 10 a.m. but started at 4 p.m. During the trial it turned out that reports for “usage of unregistered symbols” drawn up on October 31 had disappeared. Instead, the police presented reports under Art 167-1 part 1 of the Code of Administrative Offences “violation of the order of organizing and conducting mass events”. However, these reports have been drawn up with numerous errors, police witnesses made many mistakes in the testimony, and “offenders” appealed for a lawyer. In conjunction with that the trial was postponed till November 4.