Andrey Molchan accused of unauthorized action

A summons process has been served on the European belarus civil campaign activist who was severely beaten by police on May 19, 2012.

“According to it, the administrative violation under Art. 23.34 which I reportedly committed is to be heard,” Andrey Molchan said.

“I am going to court together with my defence lawyer. I have an intention to prove my innosence because I did not hold either picket or mass event. Even if I held it we have the Constitution that ensures citizens’ right to freedom of assembly. The Constitution is fundamental law which is prior to other laws,” he stressed.

The policemen detained Andrey Molchan near Pershamayski store in Minsk. The activist unfolded a white-red-white flag in solidarity with Siarhei Kavalenka, the imprisoned Vitsebsk oppositionist. In a few minutes a car drove up and policemen approached to him. Molchan attempted to find out on what basis he was being arrested but violent use of force was their answer. While he was being beaten in the street another car drove up. They threw Molchan into the car having secured him. The policemen continued hitting Andrey in the car. Police announced the intention to open a criminal case in relation to Andrey Molchan for contempt of the president and beating of a police worker.

On May 21, 2012 the Minsk emergency care hospital staff ascertained that Andrey Molchan had a jaw fracture and craniocerebral trauma. But later the doctor told the activist that his jaw fracture was prevalent. As for Andrey, he asserted that he had had no jaw fracture before. On June 25 he was released with diagnosis “craniocerebral trauma” and recommended to consult doctors in a polyclinic.


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