News on the topic: criminal persecution

Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau fined 115 rubles

28.04.2017 Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau fined 115 rubles

The Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk sentenced yesterday Viachaslau Kasinerau to a fine of 115 rubles (EUR 56).

16 persons said to face charges of ‘organizing an illegal armed group’. Updated list of defendants

26.04.2017 16 persons said to face charges of ‘organizing an illegal armed group’. Updated list of defendants

According to a reliable source, 16 persons currently held in the ‘rioting case’ have faced additional charges of ‘organizing an illegal armed group’ (Art. 287 of the Criminal Code).

Political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau freed before trial

21.04.2017 Political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau freed before trial

Political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau has been released today, after the Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk ordered to replace his pre-trial detention by a release on own recognizance.

19 persons still in custody in ‘rioting case’

18.04.2017 19 persons still in custody in ‘rioting case’

According to latest reports, 19 persons remain in custody in the case of ‘preparing mass riots’, as of April 17. All of them have been charged under Part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code.

Activist Dzmitry Paliyenka to serve 18 months in prison as court revokes suspended sentence

07.04.2017 Activist Dzmitry Paliyenka to serve 18 months in prison as court revokes suspended sentence

Dzmitry Paliyenka, an activist awarded a 2-year suspended sentence for his involvement in the Critical Mass cycling protest in April 2016, will spend 18 months of the term in prison, after the Zavodski District Court of Minsk revoked today the suspension over alleged violations of related restrictions.

Aliaksandr Lapitski released from mental hospital

06.04.2017 Aliaksandr Lapitski released from mental hospital

Aliaksandr Lapitski has been released from psychiatric hospital after spending more than five months by order of the Frunzienski District Court of Minsk, which found him guilty of several defamation offenses in April 2016.

Immediately release political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau

06.04.2017 Immediately release political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau

We believe that Viachaslau Kasinerau is a political prisoner and urge the Belarusian authorities to drop the criminal charges against him and to immediately release the activist.

Seven more persons charged in ‘rioting case’

05.04.2017 Seven more persons charged in ‘rioting case’

Seven more people arrested in the so-called ‘rioting case’ have faced formal charges under Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code. They are currently held in the KGB prison in Minsk.

10 charged in ‘rioting case’, at least 6 released

03.04.2017 10 charged in ‘rioting case’, at least 6 released

At least 10 persons have been formally charged with preparing riots during the Freedom Day demonstration on March 25. Meanwhile, six people have been released, including four Young Front activists.

Expert analysis of the prosecution of Viachaslau Kasinerau

31.03.2017 Expert analysis of the prosecution of Viachaslau Kasinerau

On March 28, it was reported that activist Viachaslau Kasinerau, who was serving a 15-day administrative detention for participation in a demonstration on February 17 in Minsk, was charged with an offense under Part 1, Art. 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism). The activist was taken into custody and transferred to the Interior Ministry’s pre-trial prison in Minsk.

Human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka acquitted, released

30.03.2017 Human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka acquitted, released

The imprisoned human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka will be released tomorrow, after the Lieninski District Court of Mahilioŭ found him today not guilty of violating prison rules. If convicted, Bandarenka could have faced another year in prison, as requested by the prosecutor earlier today.

Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau faces new criminal charges

29.03.2017 Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau faces new criminal charges

Former political prisoner Viachaslau Kasinerau has been charged under Part 1 of Article 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism). The case was initiated by the Investigative Committee.

KGB holds 26 people in fresh ‘rioting' case

23.03.2017 KGB holds 26 people in fresh ‘rioting' case

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has received information about at least 18 people detained by special services on March 21-22 in the framework of a criminal investigation into allegations of ‘plotting a riot’ under Part 3, Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.

Imprisoned human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka faces two more years in prison

12.01.2017 Imprisoned human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka faces two more years in prison

Human rights defender Andrei Bandarenka, who is serving a sentence in prison in Mahilioŭ, has been formally charged under Part 2 of article 411 of the Criminal Code, ‘malicious disobedience to the correctional institution administration’. If convicted, he may be sentenced an additional term of up to two years.

Minsk City Court confirms sentence for Dzmitry Paliyenka

27.12.2016 Minsk City Court confirms sentence for Dzmitry Paliyenka

The Minsk City Court has rejected an appeal filed against a two-year suspended sentence earlier imposed on Dzmitry Paliyenka for his involvement in the Critical Mass cycling protest in April 2016. The sentence has entered into force.

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