Minsk court reversed verdict to Andrei Bandarenka
The College Board of Minsk city court reversed the verdict of the Pershamaiski district court concerning the case of Andrei Bandarenka. The reason is that not all of the case materials have been examined and the court showed a tendentious approach during the trial. The case was returned to the Pershamaiski district court for the second trial. Bandarenka’s lawyer Zmitser Layeuski does not rule out that the trial can take place in January.
However, the restraint to the activist of the United Civil Party remains unchanged – he is still serving 7-year prison term in Babruisk penal colony.
Bandarenka’s comrades-in-arms consider the imprisonment of Andrei to be a revenge of the authorities for his participation in the recent parliamentary elections. After the end of the elections Bandarenka was accused of stealing the property of the firm that had been established by him.
As a result, Leanid Yarmolenkau, judge of Pershamaiski district court, sentenced him to 7 years of imprisonment. Mr. Bandarenka didn’t agree with such sentence and filed a cassation complaint to Minsk city court. The case received a great publicity. As said by the UCP activist Aliaksandr Dabravolski, this can be the reason for such reaction of the judges.