News for 6 May 2010

06.05.2010 Detentions after announcement of verdict on criminal case against Autukhovich

Five people were detained near the building of the Supreme Court after the announcement of the verdict on the criminal case against Mikalai Autukhovich and other ‘terrorists’.

Trial of Autukhovich and other ‘terrorists’

06.05.2010 Trial of Autukhovich and other ‘terrorists’

The Supreme Court declared the verdict on the criminal case against Mikalai Autukhovich, Uladzimir Asipenka, Mikhail Kazlou and Aliaksandr Laryn, who were charged with preparation of a terrorist act and other grave crimes.

’Young Front’ appeals registration denial at Supreme Court

06.05.2010 ’Young Front’ appeals registration denial at Supreme Court

The international youth organization Young Front that possesses an official registration in Czech, has lodged a lawsuit with the Supreme Court against the refusal of the Belarusian Ministry of Justice to register it with the state. As said by its leader Zmitser Dashkevich, the founders of the organization draw the attention of the court to the discriminative nature of the registration denial, its biasness and the existence of the ‘presumption of guilt’ towards activists of the Young Front.

Distribution of ’Vitebskiy Kuryer’ in Belarus is still banned

06.05.2010 Distribution of ’Vitebskiy Kuryer’ in Belarus is still banned

The private Unitarian trading enterprise Vitebskiy Korund was left without a license for distribution of periodicals. On 6 May, the Supreme Economic Court of Belarus left standing the verdicts of the Vitsebsk Regional Economic Courrt and the cassation instances and eo ipso upheld the license denial.

Law ‘On Amnesty’ adopted in the first reading

06.05.2010 Law ‘On Amnesty’ adopted in the first reading

The deputies of the Chamber of Representatives unanimously adopted at the sitting on 6 May the law On amnesty in connection with the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the World War II of 1941-1945.

Viktar Ramniou again fined for ‘Vitebskiy Kuryer’

06.05.2010 Viktar Ramniou again fined for ‘Vitebskiy Kuryer’

Valiantsina Kismiaroshkina, Judge of the Pershamaiski District Court of Vitsebsk, fined Viktar Ramniou, the founder of the Vitebskiy Kuryer newspaper, 1, 050 000 rubles (about $353) for trafficking 53 copies of the newspaper that had been found in his car by the police.

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