Homel oppositionists appeal against unlawful arrest
Uladzimir Katsora and Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh
addressed the Tsentrany District Court of Mahiliou with an appeal against the
The matter is that on 7 and 8 October, short before the People's Assembkly, Katsora and Niapomniashchykh had been detained by police and charged with violation of the rules of holding mass events (Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). They were kept in the remand prison till trial, which was conducted on 10 October. The activists had been found guilty and sentenced to pay fines.
“We consider the detention for more than 3 hours as an unlawful restriction of our right to freedom and personal immunity, and addressed the procuracy with appropriate appeals. However, we were answered that our detention our status was determined as the status of persons who committed an offense,” state the applicants.
In fact, it is a clear violation of the presumption of innocence. However, the regional procuracy upheld the district procuracy and found the actions of the police lawful and well-grounded.
“As a result of these actions of the police we received such extra-judicial penalty, as factual administrative arrest for three days,” stated the plaintiffs.