Artsiom Dubski is given official charges

2009 2009-03-09T17:53:47+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The official charges have been presented to Artsiom Dubski, Young Front activist and former participant of the Process of 14. The oppositionist faces from 6 month to 3 years in prison.

As Tamara Sidarenka, lawyer of the Young Front activist told the Charter’97 press center, Artsiom Dubski was been presented accusation under article 415 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (evasion from serving personal restraint) and taken into custody as a measure of restraint. According to the lawyer, she was said Dubski’s case would be investigated within a month, after that a trial would begin.

Artsiom Dubski is kept in the temporary detention facility in Asipovichy now and will be transferred to the pre-trial detention facility #5 in Babruisk soon.

Anastasiya Loika, member of the committee of the repressed people protection Solidarity, told in an interview to the Charter’97 press center that Artsiom Dubski faced problem with health in the detention center in Asipovichy.

‘Health conditions in the detention facility are awful’, Anastasiya Loika told. ‘There are 21 people in the cell. Artsiom told most of them had high temperature last Thursday. Dubski took ill last week due to bad health conditions. Parents passed medicines to him. It was seen that he was ill even at the first trial.’

According to Anastasiya Loika, the parents of the arrested youth activist can’t hand over food parcels to him for some days. ‘They effused to accept parcels on 5-6 March. They said they had no right to do it, because an accusation was to be presented to Artsiom. They referred to article 108 of the Criminal Procedure Code,’ Loika said.

As Anastasiya Loika says, after the arrest of Artsiom Dubski, there appeared new details new details about warnings for evading serving punishment of restraint of liberty, which were a reason for leaving for Ukraine.

‘It’s necessary to understand why Dubski travelled to Ukraine’, Anastasia Loika says. ‘He had three warning in Belarus. Two of them were falsified. Artsiom Dubski was hiring a flat at that time. There some cases when he as at home when a district police officer visited him, but the same day Dubski received telephone calls and the policemen said he had been out. In such cases he had to write explanations for the police. After three warnings Dubski had to leave for Ukraine. When he was arrested on 13 February in Homel, he was shown the case. There was just one warning, two others had disappeared. Guards have changed. The previous ones took away two fake warnings.’

A participant of the Process of Fourteen Artsiom Dubski was arrested on 13 February in Homel on his way from Ukraine.

On 3 March he stood a trial in Asipovichy under article 216 Part 1 of the Criminal Code ‘infliction of material damage without elements of theft’. Artsiom Dubski was charged with using a SIM-card of another person to access the Internet. He owes 3mln Br to Velcom mobile operator.

The oppositionist was released in the court, as the so-called ‘conciliation of the parties’ had taken place. Right after the trial Artsiom Dusbki was seized and guarded to the Asipovichy police department to a remand prison. He was accused of violation article 415 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (evasion from serving punishment of restraint of liberty).

Process of Fourteen is a case initiated under article 342 of the Criminal Code of Belarus against participants of the peaceful protest rally of businessmen held in Minsk on 10 January 2008.

For participation in this protest a young activist Andrei Kim was sentenced to 18 months in a penal colony (he was released in August 2008). An activist of the civil campaign European Belarus” Alexander Barazenka was sentenced to 1 year of restriction of liberty without direction to an open prison. He was kept in remand jail since 27 October till 9 December 2008. Other participants of the Process of Fourteen – Aliaksei Bondar, Ales Charnyshou, Artsiom Dubski, Mikhal Kryvau, Mikhal Pashkevich, Ales Straltsou, Mikhail Subach, Tatsiana Tsishkevich and Paval Vinahradau, were sentenced to 2 years of restriction of freedom without direction to open penitentiary institutions. Minor Maxim Dashuk got 18 months of restraint of liberty.