Baranavichy: election observer charged with disorderly conduct

2012 2012-08-03T17:21:38+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 2 August police inspector Mikalai Kudrautsau summonsed human rights defender Siarhei Housha to the Baranavichy District Police Department on the basis of an application of the head of the election commission of Baranavichy-Western election constituency #5. Tatsiana Latyshava.

According to Latyshava, on 23 July he insulted her and other members of the commission with the use of obscene language. Siarhei Housha provided a dictaphone recording of the commission's sitting of 23 July. Though the police officers Mikalai Kudrautsau and Vital Rachkouski heard no foul expressions uttered by Mr. Housha on the recording, they proposed that he signed the report of questioning and the violation report according to which he was charged with the use of obscene language (Article 17.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses).

He refused to do it an made an entry in the complaint book of the police department that the policemen seem to implement somebody's order instead of discriminating in his case.

“They didn't provide me with copies of these reports,” said the human rights defenders. “It's quite surprising that the police don't even want to discriminate in the case, but accuse me of insulting Tatsiana Latyshava and other commission members right away. I made oral and written inquiries to her to be shown minutes #1 of the sitting of the commission. Instead of it, she libels me with the aim to prevent me from monitoring the commission activities,” said Mr. Housha.

He also intends to appeal the police inaction in this case to procuracy.

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