Judge Alena Protas found Kastus Smolikau and Leanid Autukhou, both members of the Belarusian Popular Front’s Vitsebsk office, guilty of violating mass media legislation. The BPF members were charged with distributing the newsletter called “Magistrate,” more than 299 copies of which were found by the police. However, the count was conducted in a rather extraordinary way: not by copies but by “big packs” and “thick bundles” – these were the arguments mentioned in court to prove the illegal excess in the edition’s circulation.
News on the topic: administrative trials
Two opposition activists in Vitsyebsk fined for displaying signs against nuclear power plant project
A district judge in Vitsyebsk on Friday sentenced opposition activists Yan Dzyarzhawtsaw and Vital Kavalenka to fines for displaying signs against the construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus.
On May 13 the public association BAJ filed official letters to the Investigative Committee, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Home Affairs, and the Prosecutor General, demanding to investigate the allegations of arbitrary detentions and arrests of journalists on May 7 and April 25.
Representative of the Mahiliou house-building combine didn't manage to prove at court that Aliaksei Paulouski didn't do his work properly. Earlier the head of the personnel department of the Mahiliou house-building combine Ina Zahurskaya refused to employ the activist of the Trade Union of Radio Electronic Industry Aliaksei Paulouski as he allegedly spent 80% of his working time on talks with workers instead of implementing his professional duties.