Court convicts opposition leaders over ‘National Flag March’
The Centraĺny District Court of Minsk heard today the administrative charges brought against opposition leaders Anatol Liabedzka and Viachaslau Siuchyk for their involvement in the National Flag March staged on October 10.
As a result, Judge Viktoryia Shabunia sentenced UCP leader Anatol Liabedzka to a fine of 9 mln rubles under Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code, "violation of the order of organizing and holding mass events".
The judge later sentenced Viachaslau Siuchyk to a fine of the same amount.
Another person involved in the demonstration, writer and artist Adam Hlobus, is expected to stand trial later.
The National Flag March was held in central Minsk on October 10, after a number of politicians and public figures called on people to take part in the rally.