The trial over the political prisoner, defender of the Change Square Stsyapan Latypau has resumed in Minsk. This is the first sitting after Latypau cut his throat in court to protest against torture.
The prosecutor petitioned for Latypau to be sent for forensic psychiatric examination. The judge granted the petition.
Latypau said that all of his actions were connected with the actions of police, and not with his “inadequacy.” Latypau was being held by two policemen at all times: the political prisoner was handcuffed with both hands so he would not do anything to himself.
Several dozens of people came to support the political prisoner. People waited for almost an hour, but they were not allowed to the meeting, due to allegedly no seats in the hall. Only a few were able to get to the court meeting.
Stsyapan Latypau was detained on September 15, 2020, in his backyard when he asked masked law enforcers to introduce themselves. His appartment was searched. At first he was accused of allegedly “planning to poison law enforcers with pesticides,” which he bought to destroy borage. However, in the end he was charged with “organization of actions that grossly violate public order”, “resisting arrest” and “fraud in an especially large amount”.
At the June 1 hearing, the political prisoner claimed threats to his father and neighbors and unbearable torture: 51 days in the so-called ‘press-room’ — a cell where confessions are literally beaten out. In protest against the torture, Latypau cut his throat in court, he was hospitalized and had an operation. But the very next day he was returned to detention center # 1 in Minsk.
The case is being considered by Judge Alyaksandr Volk, the state prosecutor is Uladzimir Ryabau.