Vitsebsk: Siarhei Kavalenka stands trial for “disorderly conduct”

2011 2011-12-05T17:44:05+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Siarhei Kavalenka, accused by police of swearing, is tried at the Pershamaiski District Court of Vitsebsk. Policeman Kahkhlouski drew up a police report against the activist, the press service of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party reports.

Siarhei Kavalenka, known for his active citizenship, is serving his sentence at home. He has already served 1.5 years of the 3-year sentence. If found guilty, he may be given a real prison sentence and become another political prisoner.

“Siarhei never swears. He does not like obscene words and corrects me every time I say them at home. But our police is being constantly insulted, they say. Siarhei is always right, he is convicted for the truth. They cannot throw him into prison for the truth, so they say he behaved disorderly,” the activist’s mother says.

According to her, Siarhei Kavalenka and his family are under permanent pressure facing provocations. “They five-month baby is scared by frequent door bells. They phoned to my work, told about Siarhei. They wanted to press on me, but I do not value my job so much,” she noted.

“If Lukashenka orders to jail, Siarhei will be jailed. The constitution does not work here. They have neither law nor shame,” the activist’s mother stressed.

Siarhei Kavalenka has two children – a five-month-old daughter and a first-grade son.

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