Vitsebsk: Zmiter Lisienka Fined

2007 2007-06-12T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The activist of Belarusian Social-Democratic Party Hramada Zmitser Lisienka has been declared not guilty of violation Article 23.34 of the Administrative Violations Code for absence of crime in the act. The court stated that Zmitser hadn’t taken part in the unsanctioned picketing. However, as for the second Article, ‘insubordination to legal demands of police’ to stop picketing (Article 23.4), he was fined 620 000 rubles (about 300 US dollars) by Judge Mikhail Zubenia.

On 6 June the youth activist came to the court of Pershamajski district of Vitsebsk to be present at the trial over a human rights activist Valery Shchukin. During the break he went out of the court. He was detained by policemen for alleged participation in an unsanctioned picket.

Next day he was taken from the remand prison to the court. The session was postponed to 11 June. The activist was released, however soon he was detained again and sentenced to three days of arrest by Kastrychnitski court of Vitsebsk for making graffiti ‘Freedom to Kazulin!’ (article 17.1 of the Administrative Code, ‘petty hooliganism’). Yesterday Zmitser Lisienka was taken to the court from the remand prison. The term of his detainment finishes this night at 3.05 a.m.

And on 13 June at 9 a.m. Zmitser Lisienka is to stand trial at Kastrychnitski courtfor making graffiti ‘Freedom to Shchukin!’. These words were written on the building on the police department of Vitsebsk regional executive committee.