«All of you are enemies!»

These words were aimed at Aleh Volchak, head of non-governmental organization «Community Legal Assistance». On January, 30, 2012 the human rights defender was adjudged to four days of detention. The sentence was passed by Alexander Yakunchykhin, a judge of Minsk Central District Court.

Former prosecution investigator was arrested in Minsk on January, 27, 2012. Mr. Volchak managed to call and say that he was being accused of disorderly conduct. After drawing up administrative protocol he was taken to the detention centre on Akrestsin Street where Aleh Volchak had to spend the oncoming weekend in wait for the hearing of his case . «It was 12°С in the ward. I informed officials of my health problems but they paid no attention. Their response was nothing but:“All of you are enemies!”», he said.

In the court session policemen witnessed that Aleh Volchak had used obscene language in public (Article 17.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, «disorderly conduct»). The human rights defender did not admit guilt.

According to a number of news portals, Volchak’s detention was intended as he was to take part in the international human rights event. Aleh Volchak had allegedly made arrangements for a meeting of «a group of patriotic officers».



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