Ivan Shyla gets charged with libel for complaint in connection with a strange days at a police station

2012 2012-10-03T16:44:31+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/shyla-ivan-1.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Civil activist Ivan Shyla (photo by nn.by)

Civil activist Ivan Shyla (photo by nn.by)

As it was written in the Internet, in the beginning of July a young Salihorsk resident was put in the pre-trial prison of the Salihorsk District Police Department for disorderly conduct. Afterwards he was taken to the resuscitation department with a cranial trauma and died unconscious on 4 August.

The law machinery hurried to state its innocence and stated about the existence of a video recording at which the man can be seen falling on the floor and hitting his head against the toilet sink.

The local “Young Front” activist Ivan Shyla who has repeatedly served arrest in this prison as a result of his civil and political activities, filed a special address to the Minister of Internal Affairs concerning the obscure death of A. Trafimovichm charging the head of the police department of the Salihorsk District Executive Committee A. Astreika of this tragedy. According to Ivan Shyla, the real reason for the death of the man was the terrible conditions in which the prisoners are kept. In order to solve this issue, the youngster demanded from the minister to hold public demonstration of the video recording of the incident, to inform public activists and mass media about the incarceration conditions in the Salihorsk pre-trial prison, to punish the head of the prison and the head of the Salihorsk police for the undue performance of the office duties and to bring the pre-trial prison in line with the legal norms of incarceration.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs charged the head of the Salihorsk police A. Astreika to answer Shyla's appeal. The official wrote that a check-up concerning Trafimovich's death was being conducted by the Salihorsk district department of the Investigation Committee of the Republic of Belarus. The demands of public demonstration of the video with Trafimovich and admission of the public and mass media to the pre-trial prison were simply ignored.

Moreover, the Salihorsk police allegedly found traits of an offense according to Article 9.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (libel) in Ivan Shyla's appeal. The Salihorsk District Police Department even held a check-up, but allegedly didn't find any corpus delicti, after which the charges against Shyla were dropped.

As we see, the state authorities often forward people's appeals to the officials whose actions are appealed (which is a strong evidence of corruption). Moreover, Ivan Shyla got a veiled threat in the answer given to him by the Salihorsk police.