Vitsebsk: political prisoner Siarhei Kavalenka fined 140,000 rubles

2012 2012-01-13T17:58:40+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Pershamaiski District Court of Vitsebsk finished the proceedings on an administrative case against political prisoner Siarhei Kavalenka. Judge Volha Ivanova fined him for alleged swearing at officers of the penal inspection.

The trial lasted for more than a month. Kavalenka’s lawyer asked the court to drop the charges against him because of the absence of evidence and discrepancies in the testimonies of the accusation’s witnesses.

Kavalenka is kept in a pre-trial prison within the framework of a criminal case instigated against him under Article 415 of the Criminal Code for alleged violation of the regime of the personal restraint to which he had been sentenced for hanging out a white-red-white flag atop the main New Year Tree of Vitsebsk on 7 January 2010.
The activist has been hungering for 25 days already to protest against the intention of the authorities to imprison him for wire-drawn reasons.