Dzianis Sakhar is tried for insubordination to police

2013 2013-08-12T21:26:53+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 12 April Dzianis Sakhar, an activist of the Belarusian National-Bolshevik movement, was tried for alleged insubordination to the police (Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Violations).

Mr. Sakhar was detained by the police on 10 August, while the National-Bolsheviks were holding a sports camp near the Voukavichy water reservoir in the Minsk district. The police also detained eleven more youngsters with the use of tear gas and physical violence. They were taken to the Zhdanovichy District Police Department on six cars and charged with “drinking alcohol in public”, though they were caught in a forest and didn't drink alcohol, as far as it is incompatible with trainings.

The deputy head of the Zhdanovichy DPD Piatkevich immediately ruled that the detainees were to be fined 100-800 thousand rubles each.

According to “Charter'97”, the activists hardly managed to set up their tents when the camp was surrounded by six police cars, from which policemen in mufti and uniform ran out. They didn't introduce themselves and put the activists on the ground face down, using physical force. Police gear – tear gas and handcuffs, were used towards Dzianis Sakhar and the under-aged activist Aliaksandr Paliakou. After it, the policemen and KGB officers searched the bags. During the search they used foul language, threats and violence.

Without composing any violation reports, they confiscated from the detainees newspapers, organization symbols and pneumatic weapons.

According to the observers, the trial of Dzinis Sakhar started at 2 p.m. The case was considered by Judge Andrei Bialila. The activist filed a petition for questioning his witnesses and policemen. The judge granted the petition and postponed the hearing to 26 August.

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