On Wednesday, photojournalists Uladz Hrydzin and Alyaksandr Vasyukovich have been sentenced to 11 days of administrative arrest each. The latter is a contributor to vot-tak.tv.
They were tried via Skype in Frunzenski district court of Minsk.
Hrydzin and Vasyukovich were brutally detained by OMON riot police in the bar 1067 after Sunday’s March of Heroes, when they were sending the photos of the rally to their editorial offices. The both were accused of participating in an unauthorised mass event and placed in the notorious detention centre in Akrestsin Street.
The trial started on September 15, but the protocols were sent for revision. Notably, the two reporters were not released, At first, the policemen said they detained Hrydzin and Vasyukovich in Ramanauskaya Slabada Street at 21.30, but in the course of ‘revising’ the protocols, the time of detention was changed for 19.05 while Prytytski Street was named as a place of detention. It should be noted that the above bar is located in the vicinity of Ramanauskaya Slabada.
During the March of Heroes. Alyaksandr Vasyukovich and Uladz Hrydzin were performing their professional duties, capturing the brightest moments of the protest. They had their press cards on them.
The police officers who grabbed Hrydzin and Vasyukovich in 1067 failed to appear in court and give testimony. However, the court found the two media workers guilty.