Hrodna: four participants of UCP picket punished with fines
February 12, four members of the United Civil Party were tried for taking part in an electoral picket in Orzeszkowa Street on February 7. As a result, Aliaksandr Vasilevich, Ezhy Hryhencha and Ruslan Kulevich were fined 15 basic units each. Iryna Davidovich, a member of the UCP from Iuye was fined 10 basic units. The court took into account that she was unemployed and had two minor children.
The UCP members were summoned to the Leninski District Police Department of Hrodna in the morning. The whole day they were kept in police custody, and didn't have any dinner. After 2.30 p.m. Judge Alena Piatrova came to the DPD and sentenced them to fines. Testimony against the UCP members, all of whome were going to run in the election, was born by police officers and the representative of the Hrodna City Election Commission Iryna Vishneuskaya, who was sent to the picket during its holding.
The trials ended near 6 p.m. The police and the judge considered that the UCP activists violated the law, as they also collected signatures against the newly introduced car tax during the electoral picket. The UCP members strongly disagree with this statement and are going to challenge the decision of the judge Alena Piatrova in a higher court.
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