Review of criminal case against member of "Fair World" starts at Zhlobin District Court

2013 2013-06-13T16:06:47+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Yauhen Basareuski

Yauhen Basareuski

On 7 December 2012 Judge of the Zhlobin District Court Ina Sharshniova found a member of the Belarusian Leftist Party "Fair World" Yauhen Sharshniou to three years of imprisonment with a two-year determent, and his colleague Valiantsina Kastsiukevich – to four years of persona; restraint without sending to an open penitentiary. The defendants appealed the verdict at the Homel Regional Court, after which the case was returned for review. Basareuski and Kastsiukevich are charged under Article 424 of the Criminal Code ("abuse of power or office position").

On 12 June the twenty-second hearing on the case took place at the Zhlobin District Court. Officers of the Zhlobin District Executive Committee and the Zhlobin District Council of Deputies were summonsed as witnesses. Their testimonies didn't differ from those given by them during the previous sittings. In fact, the sitting became a continuation of the three-year long trial. Judge Alena Yarmolchyk announced a break until 10 July.

"I do not understand
the need for calling the same witnesses again and again", said Yauhen Basareuski. "It is evident that they will protract the time as long as they can".