BCD Vitsebsk activists fined on hooliganism charges

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Judge Valiantsina Kismiaroshkina of Vitsebsk Pershamaiski District Court sentenced today local activists of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party Aliaksei Kishchuk and Stanislau Laurenau to a fine of 300,000 rubles each. The activists were convicted on the basis of testimony by four police officers, who testified that the guys used obscene language against them.

Aliaksei Kishchuk and Stanislau Laurenau were detained yesterday, after their car was stopped by traffic police. Stanislau Laurenau was fined 650,000 rubles for driving with expired papers. However, the activists were then taken to the local Department of Internal Affairs and charegs with "hooliganism" – they reportedly insulted the traffic police officers and the special unit policemen who arrested them.

The activists were not told why the trial had been put off overnight.

According to the coordinator of the organizing committee for the creation of the BCD Tatsiana Seviarynets, the reason for the delay is obvious:

"Yesterday was December 19, the anniversary of the Square events. The guys were tracked since the morning; Aliaksei and Stanislau said they were followed by police cars. Maybe they were wire-tapped, too or somehow else..."