Food Not Bombs activist sentenced to 15 days of arrest

2014 2014-05-19T13:11:05+0300 2014-05-19T13:11:05+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Aliaksandr Kurets

Aliaksandr Kurets

The court of Minsk’s Partyzanski district considered today the administrative case of Aliaksandr Kurets, an activist of the Food Not Bombs campaign.

The case was heard by judge Volha Paulouskaya. The activist was accused of hooliganism (Article 17.1 of the Administrative Code). The testimony provided by a police witness named Aliaksandr Hardziyenka was extremely inconsistent, as he could not remember what clothes Aliaksandr Kurets had on during detention and where his car was parked.

As a result, the judge ruled to fine the activist to 15 days of arrest.

Aliaksandr Kurets was detained on May 17 during an action organized by Food Not Bombs in central Minsk to give out free food to poor people.

A little later, the police detained another five members of the charity action. All were taken to the police department. After being fingerprinted and searching a car that belonged to one of the participants, a few hours later all of them were released without charges. Aliaksandr Kurets was the only who remained in the police department.