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Court in Vaŭkavysk removes police supervision of Mikalai Autukhovich

2016 2016-02-05T14:37:14+0300 2016-02-05T14:37:14+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Mikalai Autukhovich. Photo by

Mikalai Autukhovich. Photo by

On February 4, the Vaŭkavysk District Court ruled to cancel the preventive supervision of former political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich, after 22 months of restrictive measures.

The supervision officially expires on February 8.

I have until recently had doubts that the supervision could be removed,” said Mikalai Autukhovich in an interview with “Two days ago I got a call and was told that there will be a trial. The inspector who supervised me said he had no claims, said that the client behaved well. The prosecutor and the judge also did not mind removing the preventive supervision. And half an hour later the court ruled in my favor.”

According to the former political prisoner, who was released in April 2014 after 5 years and 2 months in prison, the restrictions he faced were ‘a nuisance’.

They came to check if I was at home twice a night, for example. I had to get up at two o'clock and at four. And then again at 6 o'clock in the morning to go to work. Because of the supervision, I could not go to a restaurant, if someone invited me to a dinner. I had to ask for permission even when I decided to go to the doctor. They could refuse without any motivation,” says Mr. Autukhovich.

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