Political prisoner Artsyom Dubski transferred to pre-trial detention center

2009 2009-02-16T20:01:39+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Youth activist Artyom Dubski, arrested participant of the Process of 14, will be transferred to a pre-trial detention center in Babruisk.

Activist of the “Young Front”, arrested on February 13, is still in detention facility in Asipovichy. A lawyer is to visit him today.

The Charter’97 press center learnt it from press secretary of the “Young Front” Tatsyana Shaputska.

“We have no contacts with Artsyom,” Tatsyana Shapoutska says. “It is known that h is charged with violation of the rules of serving punishment of restriction of freedom. Dubski may face from 1.5 years to 3 years of imprisonment. He will meet with a lawyer today. A date fro a trial may be appointed today.”

It should be reminded that on February 13, youth activists Artsyom Dubski, convicted in the case of 14, was got off the train and arrested. Artsyom Dubski was returning from Ukraine to Minsk to take part in the unauthorized rally “Day of Love”.

Artsyom Dubski has been living in Ukraine because a criminal case against him was instigated in Belarus. The second criminal case under article 415 of the Criminal Code of Belarus was instigated against Dubski in October 2008 for violation of procedure of serving punishment, he was sentenced to for participation in a protest of entrepreneurs.

It should be reminded that the Case of 14 is a criminal case under article of 342 of the Criminal Code of Belarus, instigated against participants of the peaceful protest rally of entrepreneurs, held in Minsk on January 10, 2008.

For participation in this rally the Tsentralny district court of Minsk sentenced youth activist Andrei Kim to 1.5 years in penal colony (he was released in August 2008). The rest participants of the Case of 14 – Artsyom Dubski, Alyaksei Bondar, Mikhail Kryvau, Mikhail Pashkevich, Alyaksandr Straltsou, Alyaksandr Charnyshou, Tatsyana Tsishkevich, Mikhail Subach, and Paval Vinahradau were sentenced to 2 years of restraint of liberty without sending them to special penal facilities. Minor Maksim Dashuk got 1.5 years of restraint of liberty.

They are under house arrest in fact, under strict supervision, they may be thrown into prison for the smallest violation.