Minsk: Woman with epilepsy gets 25-day jail term

Frunzenski disctrict court of Minsk. Photo: belsat.eu

On Monday, Viktoryia Krepskaya, a judge of Frunzenski district court of Minsk, sentenced Lyudmila Paulouskaya to 25 days of arrest under Art. 23.34-3 and Art. 23.4 of the Code of Administrative Offences (repeated violating rules of holding mass events; disobedience to police).

Earlier, she stood trial for taking part in ‘an unauthorised mass event’ (Art. 23.34) and got 12 days in prison, human rights centre Viasna reports.

“She had an epileptic seizure in the [police] bus, but those who detained her thought she was just unbalanced and did not call an ambulance. The judge did not pay take cognizance of her illness either,” the detainee’s sister says.

There was no defence lawyer in court on December 21, but some contradictions still strike the eye; for example, the place of detention and the circumstances around it do not match. The woman fell into the hands of the riot police when she was walking down Kharkauskaya Street alone, but in accordance with the protocol drawn upon her, Lyudmila was detained on Prytytski Street ‘when taking part in an unauthorised mass event’.

The sister suggests that the red and white gloves might have come to the attention of the riot policemen. When Lyudmila Paulouskaya was asked to enter the bus and show her documents, she offered no resistance, but she was tried for ‘disobedience’ as well. Now the woman is being held in the notorious detention centre on Akrestsin Street.

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