The preliminary investigation into the criminal case was accompanied with serious process violations of the convicts’ rights, including: arbitrary detention, violations of the terms and procedures of detention established by the Criminal-Process Code of the Republic of Belarus (CPC), violation of the right to defense, and violation of the presumption of innocence. The detention of I.Alinevich in Moscow and his transportation to the KGB pre-trial prison in Minsk were accompanied with violations of legal procedures including the procedure of extradition of Belarusian citizens to Belarus from the Russian Federation.
Continue reading Brief review of the process of Belarusian anarchists
On the 27th of May, judge Zhanna Khvoynitskaya sentenced the Belarusian anarchists Ihar Alinevich, Mikalaj Dziadok, Aliaksandar Frantskievich, Maxim Vetkin and Jauhen Silivonchyk. The young men were accused of a number of political actions, amongst which was the attack against the Russian embassy in Minsk in August of 2010.
Ihar Alinevich was accused of attacks against the Russian Embassy and Belarusbank (“Property destruction with intent”, statute 218 paragraph 3 of the Belarusian Criminal Codex), an attack against the remand prison of Minsk (also statute 218, paragraph 2), an attack against a Casino and an illegal demonstration at the military headquarters (“Aggravated hooliganism”, statute 339 paragraph 2 of Belarusian criminal codex). The prosecutor asked for a 9 year sentence in hard regime, eventually he received 8 years of hard regime (1).
Continue reading Belarusian anarchists sentenced – up to 8 years of hard regime, evidence lacking
The state prosecutor asks to give different terms of imprisonment to five anarchists.
The state prosecutors asks the court to find them guilty in violation part 2 of article 339 of the Criminal Code (malicious hooliganism) and part 3 of article 218 (intentional destruction of or damage to property). Besides, Frantsevich is charged with unauthorized access to computer information, computer sabotage, using and spreading malware programmes, BelaPAN reports.
The state prosecutor thinks the statements by witnesses on giving them evidence under pressure were not true, because they did not complain to any agencies.
He demands to sentence Mikalai Dzyadok to six years in a medium security penal colony, Ihar Alinevich to nine years in a medium security penal colony and confiscation of property, Alyaksandr Frantsevich to five years in a medium security penal colony, Maksim Vetkin to four years of restriction of liberty, Yauheny Selivonchyk to three years of restriction of liberty.
The trial is conducted by judge Zhanna Khvainitskaya.