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Pastor in Homieĺ fined 3.6 mln

2015 2015-06-19T13:35:00+0300 2015-06-19T13:35:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Court of Homieĺ’s Centralny district heard today the charges brought against Siarhei Nikalayenka, pastor of a local Protestant Church “Transfiguration”. As a result, he was fined 20 basic units for arranging a service of the registered religious organization beyond the place of its registration.

On May 31, during a Sunday service, an officially rented premise was raided by riot police with a video camera. They started recording all those present, and the service was disrupted. The police officers said they allegedly received a phone call about “a crowd holding an unauthorized event”.

The believers were questioned and ordered to leave the premises.

As a result, the pastor and five parishioners of the church faced administrative charges. The pastor refused to sign the administrative offense report, saying that he did not admit his guilt.

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