Vetka: candidate fined 1 million BYR for missing road sign

2008 2008-08-17T15:59:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Kanstantsin Zhukouski plans to run in district # 38. On August 15th he was fined by Vetka rayon court. Judge Yu. Mazheika decided Zhukouski had committed an administrative infringement “which was revealed in entering the radiation polluted area” (Article 16.3 part 2 of the Administrative Code).
- On July 30th I was collecting signatures as usual. I decided to visit Biasiedz village of Vetka rayon. My potential voters live there. On my way I was stopped by patrol who asked if I had a permission to be there. I had not. However, there were no street signs which prohibit entering the area. There was only some self-made post, which said “entry prohibited” but it looked more like something made by a child. 
In the court K. Zhukouski explained, the road signs are to look differently, as it is prescribed by the Road Regulations.  
The candidate does not agree with the court verdict and plans to appeal against it to Homel oblast court. 
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