Swiss citizen facing up to 5 years in Belarusian prison

Natallia Hersche. The Savetsky District Court is considering a criminal case under Article 363.2 against the woman, Minsk, Belarus. December 3, 2020. Photo: Belsat

Natallia Hersche is being accused of resisting a law enforcement officer with the use of violence at the Women’s March on September 19. She faces up to five years in prison.

As Natallia Hersche explained in court, she tried to remove the balaclava from the police officer who detained her in order to look him in the face. The woman partially admitted her guilt.

The Savetsky District Court is considering a criminal case against Natallia Hersche under Article. 363.2. Minsk, Belarus. December 3, 2020. Photo: Belsat

At the hearing, a riot police officer spoke about physical damage that Natallia had inflicted on him – a scratch near his eye. He demanded moral compensation in the amount of 1,000 BYN.

Natallia is present at the trial behind bars. She is wearing white and red clothes.

The Sovetsky District Court is considering a criminal case against Natallia Hersche under Article 363.2. The photo shows an ‘injured’ riot police officer. Minsk, Belarus. December 3, 2020. Photo: Belsat

In the pictures, wearing a cap with official flag is an allegedly injured riot policeman.

Belarusian Natallia Hersche has been living in Switzerland for many years, but this year she could not remain indifferent to the events at home and flew to Minsk. She also holds Belarusian citizenship. At one of the women’s marches, she was detained and sentenced to 15 days in jail. A criminal case for resisting a police officer with the use of violence was opened.

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