Trial of pensioner Sharshun postponed to March 6

2014 2014-03-03T20:47:28+0300 2014-03-03T20:47:28+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Viktar Sharshun. Photo by RFE/RL

Viktar Sharshun. Photo by RFE/RL

On March 3 Judge of the Tsentralny District Court Valery Yesman, started considering the “disagreement of Viktar Sharshun to the administrative proceedings against him” - this is the formulation with which the Tsentralny District Prosecutor's Office of Minsk forwarded to the court Mr. Sharshun's appeal against unlawful actions of the police and the request to punish the perpetrators.

Viktar Sharshun was beaten by the police for hanging out a national white-red-white flag on his balcony.

The prosecutor's office also stated that the part of the appeal of Viktar Sharshun concerning unlawful actions of
the police was forwarded to the district department of the Investigations Committee.

The trial started at 10.25 a.m. At first, Judge Yesman didn't want to let in the journalists, but then agreed to do it after putting down their data.

Let us remind that on December 20, 2013 the Plenum of the Supreme Court adopted Regulation No. 11 "On ensuring transparency in the administration of justice and the dissemination of information about the activities of the courts", which noted that "the courts should bear in mind that the basic form of the principle of transparency in the implementation of justice is to be present in open court those who are not parts of the trial, media reporters. Unjustified restriction of citizens' access to the courtroom is not permitted."

At 11.10 a.m. the trial was postponed to March 6 due to the failure of the police witnesses to appear in court.