Why are detainees kept in jail at weekends?

2013 2013-04-01T18:41:25+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

Brest human rights defender Raman Kisliak filed appeals to the Minister of Interior of Belarus, Ihar Shunevich, and the head of the Supreme Court, Valiantsin Sukala, asking to provide "prompt delivery of administrative detainees to courts for trials".

The reason for the appeal became the situation around the detention of two activists of the Belarusian Popular Front Party, Leanid Autukhou and Kanstantsin Smolikau, in Vitsebsk on 22 March. The activists were handing out bulletins with invitation to the celebration of the Freedom Day.

Autukhou and Smolikau were tried only on Monday, 25 March, after spending 69 hours in preliminary detention, which is a violation of Part 2o f Article 11.2 of the Process-Executive Code of Administrative Offenses of Belarus.

Mr. Kisliak reminds that according to the aforementioned article, cases of administrative violations ensuing in administrative arrest or deportation are to be considered on the day of the issuance of the violation report and other case materials and not later than in 48 hours since the movement of the administrative detention.

The human rights activist asks the administration of the MIA and the Supreme Court to take measures to ensure the prompt delivery of detainees to court and proposes that a judge keep duty on Sundays for the consideration of such cases.