Kobryn: trial of Ales Mekh to continue December 11
December 4, the hearings on an administrative case against Mr. Mekh, charged with participation in an unauthorized mass event, started at Kobryn District Court. The case concerns the participation of Ales Mekh and his son in the commemoration of participants of the uprising of 1863-1864 against the Russian empire, held in the town of Svislach.
Deputy head of Kobryn District Court Piatro Tsimashenka, who lead the trial, granted Ales Mekh's petition for summoning the police witnesses from Svislach to the trial. They had drawn up the violation report in absence of Mr. Mekh, and there are some factual mistakes. In particular, his home address is written incorrectly. As said by Ales Mekh, he doesn't know the “police witnesses” and first learned their surnames at Kobryn District Police Department, while familiarizing with the materials of his case. In their explanations the witnesses write that they allegedly recognized the “old members of the BPF Party”, though neither Ales Mekh nor his 17-year-old son (who has also received analogical charges) have never been members of the BPF.