KGB holds 26 people in fresh ‘rioting' case Updated

2017 2017-03-23T11:56:02+0300 2017-03-23T23:25:19+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" has received information about at least 18 people detained by special services on March 21-22 in the framework of a criminal investigation into allegations of ‘plotting a riot’ under Part 3, Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.

The offense is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years.

The charges are said to be linked to the upcoming protest scheduled on March 25.

The detentions were sometimes accompanied by excessive physical force. The people’s places were also searched. According to some reports, several detainees are held in the KGB jail in Minsk.

More details will be available after the KGB press service confirms the detentions and the detainees face formal charges.

UPD. 26 persons have been detained in the case, said with reference to the KGB (Committee for State Security) spokesperson. 29 places have been searched.

According to the source, the detainees will soon face charges of plotting riots during the upcoming March 25 demonstration. The men include Zmitser Dashkevich, leader of the Young Front opposition group, and Miraslau Lazouski, head of an organization called Bely Lehiyon (White Legion), which ceased to exist more than 15 years ago.

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