Prosecutor's office refuses to react to a collective appeal on the Milavidy festival

2013 2013-08-13T16:55:25+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Human rights activist Siarhei Housha received a letter signed by the acting Baranavichy inter-district prosecutor P. Navitski, in which it is stated that the collective appeal of citizens in the case of the Milavidy festival was returned to the applicants.

Bear in mind that on 6 August, ten citizens, who were present near the Milavidy monuments and at the trial concerning the alleged organization of the Milavidy festival by Viktar Syrytsa, filed a collective protest against the verdict, hastily issued by Judge Katsiaryna Hruda, according to which the defendant was sentenced to pay a fine of 2 million rubles.

As it is stated in the
response of the prosecutor's office to the initiators of the collective appeal, they have no right to appeal the verdict of the Baranavichy City and District Court, as according part 1 of Article. 12.1 of the Process-Executive Code of Administrative Violations it can be done only by the persons whose actions are appealed, or by its legal representative.

“We agree to it. However, we also took part in the journey to the Milavidy monument on 2
June and in the subsequent trials on this case. I would like to point that we didn't appeal the legality of the verdict, but just asked him to investigate the case, because, as it was found during the trial, the Baranavichy District Police Department hadn't implement his errand to check whether a cultural festival had been held in the village of Rusino on 2 June, but drew up three violation reports on Viktar Syrytsa instead of it,” stated Mr. Housha.

He also added that the authors of the appeal to the Baranavichy Inter-district Prosecutor's Office would file another letter to the prosecutor in order to point to other violations of the the law by the local officials in the case of the Milavidy festival.