Authorities open another criminal case for insulting Lukashenka

2014 2014-06-27T18:10:04+0300 2014-06-27T18:10:04+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Katsiaryna Sadouskaya

Katsiaryna Sadouskaya

A criminal case has reportedly been opened against former political prisoner Katsiaryna Sadouskaya.

According, Ms. Sadouskaya, 68, received a decision on the criminal case on June 26. The case has been initiated by the Investigative Committee and is said to deal with insulting President Lukashenka.

The charges stem from an incident of April 28, 2014, when ex-political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich was detained and convicted amid a wave of preventive detentions ahead of the World Ice Hockey Championship. To protest against his arrest, Ms. Sadouskaya wrote in a book of complaints of Minsk’s Savetski District Court: “Until when the judges will execute the criminal instructions of a mentally ill citizen Lukashenka?”

Back in 2006, Katsiaryna Sadouskaya was convicted of insulting the head of Belarus. For repeated insult, she could face up to three years of imprisonment.