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Two dozens of protesters convicted by now

Two dozens of protesters convicted by now

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As much as 27 participants of the protest meeting of December 19 were on trial in Minsk today. Six of them got tough sentences — 3-3.5 years of high security prison. Such terms of imprisonment were given in the Maskouski District Court of Minsk to Dzmitriy Daronin, Siarhiey Kazakou, Vital Matsukievich, Yauhien Sakret, Uladzimir Loban, and Aleh Fiedarkievich.

Other judicial proceedings also took place in the courts of Leninski, Partyzanski, Zavodski, and Frunzienski districts of Minsk.

The Leninski District Court is considering the cases of the ex-presidential candidates Mikola Statkievich and Dzmitriy Us. They are accused under part 1, Article 293 of the Criminal Code (“organization of mass disorders”). Alaksandr Klaskouski, apart from part 1, Article 293, is also incriminated in Article 369 (“insult of a public officer”) and in Article 382 (“self-willed appointment of a rank or a public servant’s office”) of the Criminal Code. This court also considers the cases of Andrey Pazniak, Alaksandr Kviatkievich, Artsiom Hrybkou, and Zmitsier Bulanau (part 2, Article 293 of the Criminal Code — “participation in mass disorders”).

The Partyzanski District Court is considering the case of the former presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau (part 1, Article 293 of the Criminal Code), and the cases of activists Illa Vasilevich, Aleh Hniedchyk, Fiodar Mirzayanau, and Uladzimir Yaromienka. The defendants are accused under part 2, Article 293 of the Criminal Code.

Iryna Khalip, Paval Sieviaryniets, and Siarhiey Martseleu are also on trial within the case “on mass disorders of December 19”. They are tried in the Zavodski District Court. They are incriminated in part 1, Article 342 of the Criminal Code — “organization and participation in actions that rudely violate public order”.

The Frunzienski District Court continues the hearings on the case of former candidates for president Uladzimir Niaklayeu, Vital Rymasheuski, as well as of the activists of their teams Andrey Dzmitriyeu, Alaksandr Fiaduta, Nasta Palazhanka, and Siarhiey Vazniak, who are accused under part 1, Article 342 of the Criminal Code.

As much as 20 persons have been accused by now within the case of mass disorders on December 19, 2010 — the day of election of the Belarusian president. First, Alaksandr Atroshchankau was punished with 4 years of prison. Vasil Parfiankou, Ales Kirkievich, and Paval Vinahradau got the same term. Then, Dzmitriy Novik and the activist of the Movement For Freedom (MFF) Mikita Likhavid were sentenced to 3.5 years of imprisonment. Zmitsier Bandarenka got 2 years of high security prison for his participation in the protest action of December 19, while Alaksandr Malchanau, Zmitsier Drozd, Andrey Pratasienia, and Uladzimir Khamichenka each got 3 years of imprisonment. Dzmitriy Miadzviedz was punished with 3 years of prison. Russian citizens Artsiom Breus and Ivan Haponau were punished with a $3,500 fine.

Also, as was reported before, youth activists Zmitsier Dashkievich and Eduard Lobau were detained the day before the protest meeting (on December 18), and were sentenced to 2 and 4 years of high security prison, correspondingly, for the alleged street row.

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