Supreme Court dismisses appeal by critical blogger’s son

2015 2015-04-27T13:25:34+0300 2015-04-27T13:25:34+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Supreme Court of Belarus

Supreme Court of Belarus

Aliaksei Zhalnou, the son of a blogger Aleh Zhalnou, has received an official response from the Supreme Court signed by Valery Kalinkovich, deputy chairman of the court. Aliaksei Zhalnou sought to overturn the sentence imposed by Judge Yuliya Beraziuk of the Babrujsk Court, who sentenced him to three years in an open-type penal colony.

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal and found his guilty proven. “There are no grounds for a protest against the court decisions taken in the case”.

Aliaksei Zhalnou tried to prove that he did not assault a traffic policeman, but his arguments did not convince Valery Kalinkovich. “The nature and severity of the injuries inflicted on the victim in this case is not significant for the legal assessment of the actions of the guilty, as the determining factor is the fact of violence against a law enforcement officer,” said a response from the Supreme Court.

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