Andrey Dundukou, Viktar Maroz, Syarhei Strybulski and Viktar Danilau have sent a joint civil claim through Maskouski district court in Minsk.
The plaintiffs asked to compensate the moral damage caused by illegal detention, naming them as defendants and the use of travel restrictions.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 27. The case will be considered by Judge Volha Krauchanka. The Belarusian Ministry of Finance will be a respondent in the proceedings.
According to the claimants, they are owed compensation, because they felt great mental anguish and pressure during the time spent behind bars, as well as after the release.
In March 2017, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka stated that several dozen persons ‘trained how to deal with weapons in [special] camps’ had been arrested in Belarus. According to him, such camps were located not far from the Belarusian towns of Babruysk and Asipovichy.
About 30 persons – former members of the White Legion, state-authorized sports and military club Patriot, Young Front activists as well as people who are not associated with any organizations, landed up in jail after Lukashenka’s words about ‘armed militants’ posing a threat to Belarus.
However, the first-ever case that had been opened under Article 287 of the Belarusian Criminal Code was closed on November 27.