Offender of Rymasheuski’s electioneering agent comes off clear

2010 2010-12-13T21:24:01+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The bully who tore away the campaign posters that were displayed in the authorized locations and tried to beat Vital Rymasheuski’s electioneering agent Valeryia Charnamortsava, was detained over a week ago, but still hasn’t been brought to a trial. Itself the victim this time not only not invited to the court of the Soviet district of the capital, which must review the case, but also to hide from her name forward.

As reported by the website of the Belarusian Christian Democracy, on 3 December an unknown man attacked her while she was posting the electoral leaflets near the crossing of Surhanau and Bahdanovich streets. He tried to hit Valeryia and she called the police in response. As a result, the molester was arrested.

’The detention report was composed by the police officer Ihar Martsinkouski. It was Friday, and he promised me that the offender would be tried on Monday or Tuesday. I have phoned to the Savetski District Police Department many times since then, and each time I was answered that the trial was postponed to a later time or that the speaker didn’t know anything about it.’ According to the woman, during the last days it has become impossible to reach Mr. Martsinkouski or his bosses. She doesn’t rule out that the policemen are hiding from her, because they don’t want to bear any responsibility for a case that has a direct relation to politics.

’At the same time’, says V.Charnamortsava, unknown persons in civilian clothes continue tearing down the agitation leaflets of the candidate in the Savetski district of Minsk. None of them have been caught so far. ‘I have the impression that some people destroy the agitation materials on a special order, and one of them tried to assault me,’ says the activist. ‘If this is the case, then it’s clear why the police hide him from the court,’ She is convinced that the detainee was let go and continues violating the electoral legislation, as all agitation leaflets have disappeared in the Savetski district. Valiantsina is outraged that the police didn’t even tell her the surname of the detainee, though she insisted on it.

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