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Vice-head of Homel UCP Organization Is Charged with “Activity on Behalf of Unregistered Organization”

2004 2004-08-30T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 30 August Zhlobin District Court started the trial on the administrative case against the vice-head of Homel regional organization of United Civil Party, vice-head of Homel branch of the Republican public association “Legal Initiative”, who is charged with activity on behalf of unregistered organization.

Uladzimir Katsora described the circumstances:

“I was on my way from Minsk to Homel. I had the “Vremya” newspaper and the fly-sheets “Five Steps to Better Life” with me. Near the town of Zhlobin I noticed attention of the police. I was stopped by road police near the village of Lebiadziowka and told my car reminded of a stolen car and that I had to go to Zhlobin District Police Board. I was escorted there by the road policemen. Then workers of the DPB examined my car, attached the newspaper and the fly-sheets and composed a report for violation of article 167-10 of the Administrative Code of the Republic of Belarus (activity on behalf of unregistered organization). They considered People’s coalition “5+” to be such an organization. They passed the report to Zhlobin District Court. On 30 August I proved to the court that the “Vremya” newspaper was registered, but the judge doubted whether United Civil Party was and told me to present to her a copy of its registration certificate.

The trial will continue at 2 p.m. on 31 August at Zhlobin District Court.

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