Procuracy covers unlawful actions of police

2010 2010-12-13T22:13:48+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

This story started in August 2010, when the police demanded that the dwellers of a house in the Minsk suburb Viasnianka closed their windows in order to secure the safety of President Lukashenka, though the temperature was about 35ºC (or 95ºF). One of the people didn’t obey to this demand, as a result of which a police brigade burst into her apartment.

They used physical violence towards Alena Zastsenchyk, a lecturer of a Minsk university. The neighbors heard the noise from her apartment and came to see what was going on. Under their pressure the policemen had to stop twisting her arms.

The woman filed a complaint with the Tsentralny District Procuracy of Minsk. The human rights defender Siarhei Ustsinau who helped Alena compose the complaint, explains: ‘The demand to close the windows is not grounded on any laws. There are no legal acts that oblige the people to close their windows and the immunity of one’s apartment is an unalienable constitutional right.’

Recently the victim received an answer from the procuracy, which allegedly hadn’t found any evidence of this crime.

’The check-up that was allegedly held by the Tsentralny District Procuracy, is incomplete and biased. At first the victim wasn’t directed to forensic expertise. The procuracy didn’t question the neighbors who had witnessed the incident. We have already addressed the Minsk City Procuracy with an appeal against the refusal to instigate a criminal case. We will continue struggling for an all-sided investigation of this case,’ stated the human rights defender.