Lida: court turns down Andrei Charnavusau's appeal
On 8 June the Lida District Court considered the
appeal of Andrei Charnavusau against a ruling of the draft board, by which he
was denied the right to choose alternative civilian service instead of military
service. The case was considered by Judge Yermakovich. The interests of the
draft board were represented by three members of the commission including its
The trial lasted for about 90 minutes. A special emphasis was made on the young man's convictions. Eventually, the court turned down his appeal, referring to absence of the mechanism of realization of alternative civilian service in Belarus. In his comments at the website "Alternative Civilian Service" Andrei stated his intention to appeal the verdict to the Hrodna Region Court.