Mikita Sasim, who sustained a skull injury during the remembrance action, is now out of hospital

2005 2005-09-22T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 22 September Mikita Sasim, a Zubr movement activist beaten by riot police during a remembrance action a week ago, was discharged from hospital. Mikita Sasim intends to sue the riot police officers. At the same time the police say they have not finished their checkup on Mikita Sasim's case.
The Zubr activist Mikita Sasim underwent treatment in the 9th Minsk clinic, where the doctors diagnosed him with "skull injury and brain concussion", as well as registering bruises in the small of the back.
His Zubr fellows came to meet the guy and see him to his house. Mikita Sasim claims he will attempt to bring to justice the riot police officers who beat him because he believes they used force illegally. The Zubr activist does not know the names of these police officers but says that they could be found out because they are in the tapes.
Mikita Sasim is going to file a complaint with the procurator's office tomorrow and then go to court.
It is known that the Tsentralny Borough Police of Minsk are investigating the beating of the Zubr activist. However, they do not say anything about their findings.
Using force against peaceful actions of remembrance had occurred earlier. For instance, on 7 July Sviatlana Zavadzkaya, the wife of the disappeared ORT cameraman Zmitsier Zavadzki, was beaten at the same place in Minsk. A riot police officer punched her in the face as the woman was standing in the square with her husband's portraits in hand. The procurator's office refused criminal action to Sviatlana Zavadzkaia.