Aliaksandr Yarashevich and Dzmitry Halko were arrested on May 6 when they were walking from the detention center on Akrestsina Street, where they had met opposition activists released from the jail, and had to spent a night in Maskouski district Directorate of Interior. On May 7 judges Tatsiana Matyl and Yauhen Khatkevich found them guilty of disorderly conduct and failure to comply with “lawful orders of authority figures”. Mr Yarashevich, a reporter for Polish-based Radio Racyja, was sentenced to 12 days in jail, while Mr Halko, was given a 10-day jail sentence.
It is interesting that the policemen who had been instructed before witnessed in court. One of them was recognised: he detained Aksana Rudovich and Iryna Arakhouskaya, reporters of independent newspaper Nasha Niva, during the Chernobyl Path demonstration.