Andrei Sannikau searched on border

2012 2012-06-07T03:41:07+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

A former political prisoner and presidential candidate was taken off a train from Minsk to Vilnius.

It was Andrei Sannikau's private visit to Vilnius. Among other things, he was going to visit a doctor. Customs officers ordered him to get off the train at Hudahai station on the Belarusian border. The politician told website he underwent a strip search.

“They carried out a customs examination under article 117 of the Customs Code of the Customs Union.  I was strip searched. It lasted for three hours. They were polite, but did not explain anything referring to instructions. Finally, they said I could leave the country, but the train had already departed,” Andrei Sannikau said.

The politician has to stay at Hudahai station till evening waiting for the next train.

Andrei Sannikau was a candidate for presidency in Belarus in the 2010 election. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison after protests against the rigged results of the presidential election. He remained in prison 16 months. He was tortured and ill-treated in prison. He was released on 14 April 2012.