Pavel Vinahradau sentenced to 7 days of arrest

2012 2012-01-04T17:35:35+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Judge of the Maskouski District Court Aliaksandr Kostrykau found former political prisoner, activist of the civil campaign “Tell The Truth!” Pavel Vinahradau guilty of committing an administrative offence under Article 17.1 of the Administrative Code of Belarus, BelaPAN news agency reports.

On 30 December, Vinahradau was summoned to the Maskouski district police department at 1 pm “for a conversation”. According to him, policemen behaved as if they did not know what they should do with him. After a conversation policemen said they needed to draw up a report, which is usually used during interrogation of a witness or a suspect. Vinahradau stopped answering his phone for some time. The activist then said he was accused of swearing and he may be taken into custody. He spent three days, including the New Year’s Eve, in the delinquents’ isolation center in Akrestsin Street.

A police officer, summoned to court as a witness, said Vinahradau had sworn near the Maskouski District Police Department on 30 December.

Judge Kostrykau sentenced Vinahradau to 7 days in custody on the base of policeman’s evidence and the police report. Pavel Vinahradau went on hunger strike protesting against unfair court decision, activist’s wife Sviatlana says.

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