Young leader Maxim Vinyarski sentenced to 2 days of arrest
An activist of the civil campaign “European Belarus” handed out leaflets with information abut political prisoners.
The activist was detained on October 15 near “Maladzyovaya” metro station. From the police department of the metro he was taken to the court of Frunzenski district. The oppositionist was found guilty of violation of the Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code – violation of the order of holding mass events, and sentenced to two days of administrative arrest.
The only witness in the trial was a policeman Syanyuk. Vinyarski was denied a right for a lawyer.
Alesya Yasyuk, an activist of “European Belarus”, was detained for dissemination of information as well. she was held in the police department of Maskouski district of Minsk for more than 5 hours, and then released after an administrative report on “anti-sanitary conditions creation” was drawn up.
We remind that Mikalai Autukhovich, Yury Lyavonau, and Uladzimir Asipenka were detained in Vaukavysk on February 8, 2009. On February 18, the entrepreneurs were charged under article 218 of the Criminal Code (intentional damage to or destruction of property of citizens). On June 23, a criminal case under article 359 of the Criminal Code (a terroristic act) in the form of preparation (article 13) was instigated against Autukhovich and “other persons”.
Human rights activists consider them political prisoners, turning attention to the fact that Autukhovich and Lyavonau were convicted before and recognized prisoners of conscience by the international community.
Vaukavysk entrepreneur Yury Lyavonau was released from Minsk remand prison on August 8. The criminal case against him was stopped. The hearings in the case of Vaukavysk interpreters are expected to start in November.
On July 7, 2009, “Young Front” activist Artsyom Dubski was sentenced to a year of imprisonment in minimum security penal colony for violation of the rules of serving punishment in the Case of 14.
Pickets demanding to free political prisoners are held in Belarus practically every day.