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Investigators unable to identify persons who broke activist’s jaw

2016 2016-03-24T15:59:46+0300 2016-03-24T15:59:54+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Viachaslau Kasinerau

Viachaslau Kasinerau

Viachaslau Kasinerau, one of the defendants in so called ‘graffiti case’, who sought criminal prosecution of persons who beat him severely during his detention on August 11 last year, has been notified the Investigative Committee’s Maskoŭski office suspended the preliminary investigation.

The criminal case was suspended on March 14 due to the failure to identify the person to be prosecuted as the offender,” said an official response.

Viachaslau Kasinerau says he is outraged by the decision:

The whole case is yet another indicator of false and meaningless law-enforcement system. In the binary opposition of ‘man vs. government’, we play the role of the passive non-involved. Attempting to your the eyes and say No to the obscurantism is severely punished, and the executioners will never answer for their actions.”

On August 11, five persons were violently detained on suspicion of involvement in drawing political graffiti and smearing a billboard with the image of police officers.

On January 29, the Minsk Frunzienski District Court sentenced three of them, Maksim Piakarski, Vadzim Zharomski and Viachaslau Kasinerau, to fines ranging from 6.3 to 10.5 mln rubles (USD 300-500).

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