According to the human rights center Viasna, the Brest blogger has been charged on three counts.
Human rights activists of Viasna have learned that Brest blogger Syarhei Pyatrukhin has been charged under three articles of the Criminal Code.
Part 1 of the Article 342 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus – Organization or active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order. It is punishable by a fine or arrest or restriction of liberty for up to 3 years or deprivation of liberty for the same period.
Article 369 Criminal Code – public insult to a representative of the authorities in connection with the performance of their official duties. The offence is punishable by community service, or by a fine or correctional labour for up to 2 years, or by arrest or restriction of liberty for up to 3 years.
Article 391 of the Criminal Code – insulting a judge or people’s assessor in connection with the administration of justice. The offence is punishable by a fine or punitive work for up to 2 years or by arrest or restriction of liberty for up to 3 years.
According to Viasna, the insult of a judge and a representative of the authorities took place two years ago. But then the blogger was sentenced to a large fine.
Syarhei Pyatrukhin was detained on June 16 near Pukhavichy to spend 15 days in jail. However, later it turned out that he had become a figure in the “Tsikhanouski case,” which was initiated after the incident in Hrodna on May 29.
Syarhei Pyatrukhin has been recognized as a political prisoner by human rights activists.