A Minsk court will start considering the criminal case of Svyataslau Baranovich on February, 15. The former political prisoner is accused of violence against a law enforcement officer.
On 15 March 2017, after the March of Non-Parasites which was authorized by Minsk authorities, Baranovich was among the people who prevented policemen from brutally detaining protesters at the bus stop Bangalore Square.
— Алексей Кириленко (@Kirilenko_a) 15 марта 2017 г.
The case will be reviewed by judge Svyatlana Bandarenka. The hearing will begin at 14:00 in Maskouski district court, human rights centre Viasna reports.
In accordance with Article 364 of the Criminal Code, Baranovich may be sentenced to a three or six-month arrest; or restriction of liberty for up to five years; or imprisonment for up to six years.
Svyataslau Baranovich was arrested on October, 3. He is kept in remand prison Nr 1 in Minsk.
Baranovich also participated in the post-election protests on December, 19 2010. He was charged under Article 293-2 (participation in mass riot) for taking part in the peaceful protest rally. The man had to spend 2 months in prison. Belarusian human rights defenders recognised him as a political prisoner.