Dzmitry Dashkevich sentenced to 25 days of arrest

2014 2014-04-25T12:45:26+0300 2014-04-25T12:45:26+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Former political prisoner Dzmitry Dashkevich was detained last evening at the entrance to his apartment in Minsk. He was searched and then brought to the Pershamaiski district police department.

Today, his administrative case was heard by Judge Yury Harbatouski of the Pershamaiski District Court. Dzmitry Dashkevich was charged with two offences, violation of preventive restriction rules (Article 24.12) and resisting police orders (Article 23.4).

As a result, the former Young Front leader was sentenced to 25 days of administrative arrest.

In the last three days alone, Minsk police preventively detained four opposition activists: Maksim Viniarski, Illia Dabratvor, Aliaksandr Stsepanenka and Uladzimir Siarheyeu.

Human rights defenders believe that these unfounded detentions are linked to the forthcoming Chernobyl Way demonstration, which will take place on Saturday.

It is also possible that the detentions are related to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Belarus, scheduled for April 29.