On May 18 judge of Minsk Kastychnitski borough court Valiantsina Mihasiova brought in a verdict of committing a petty crime delegate’s Volha Karach assistant Stsiapan Tsishutsin.

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The court decision is based on the protocol drawn up in a borough police department and on the evidences of two policemen who Stsiapan Tsishutsin as if insulted while they were detaining him. That happened on May 14 at a bus stop at Frunze avenue.
Besides the policemen a passer-by guy was a witness. His personal data the police took at the place. Today in court he testified that he saw two policemen come to Stsiapan Tsishutsin and then Mr. Tsishutsin asked them to introduce themselves and to show their identify cards.

But it looks rather different in the police report. And judge Mrs. Mihasiova stated she has no reasons not to trust the policemen. She imposed a fine of two baseline values on Mr. Tsishutsin. Though the lawyer first mentioned that Mr. Tsishutsin had already spent a day in the pre-court prison where he was put after the protocol was drawn up.

According to Stsiapan Tsishutsin the police hadn’t still explained their interest in his personality. As the protocol of a petty crime was drawn in the police department, why the policemen approached Stsiapan Tsishutsin at a bus stop stays unclear. According to the detainee it may be because of his active social and political activity. He had recently gathered signatures for Aliaksandr Kazulin.