The trial of Maxim Dashuk to start on 1 June

2009 2009-05-15T19:48:19+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Hearing of the criminal case against activist of the civil campaign European Belarus Maxim Dashuk at Maskouski district court of Minsk is appointed for June 1.

The court session is to open at 14.15 p.m. Dashuk, one of those involved in the Process of 14, was charged with violations of the rules of serving punishment. This is article #415 of the Criminal Code, according to which the oppositionist can face from six months to three years in prison.

Maxim Dashuk was presented accusation on 23 February. Dashuk received some warnings for violation of the rules of serving home arrest.

The oppositionist said about the reasons for his arrest: ‘I got all warnings for I was out when I must have been at home. I was allowed to leave the flat only two hours a day, but I had to help my mother, as my father died in April. I didn’t have a job, I am minor, and I’m not registered in Minsk.’

The youth activist was thrown into a pre-trial detention center in Minsk on the day the accusation was presented. Next day, a prosecutor decided to release him on his own recognizance.

It should be reminded that in 2008 the under-aged Maxim Dashuk was sentenced to 1.5 years of restriction of liberty without sending to a correctional facility for participation in a protest rally of entrepreneurs.

Amnesty International recognized Maxim Dashuk a prisoner of conscience. The statement by the organization mentions his names among names of other 11 participants of the Process of 14, remaining under home arrest today. They can be thrown into prison for any violation of the rules.

Qualifications of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International are principle for the world community and western governments.

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