City Court cancelled the decision of the District Court with respect to
a pensioner fined during silent actions in Minsk.
Today Svetlana Vergeichik who was arrested during
a silent action and, later on, fined with 700,000 Belarusian rubles managed
to get cancelled the decision of Oktiabrski District Court.
Our website reported about it in July,
this year. Nevertheless, let us remind the prehistory of the case.
In the evening of July 6 (somewhat after 7 pm) Our Generation initiators
Svetlana Vergeichik and Galina Goncharik met Galinaĺs granddaughter by
Zheleznodorozhnikov Palace of Culture in Minsk. It was a nice summer evening.
If it hadnĺt been for one detail: the day of the week. It was Wednesday.
At that time, when you go outside, and especially to a square, you are
to be arrested and detained (or fined). Two pensioners were not an exception.
Svetlana Vergeichik and Galina Goncharik were arrested by the law enforcement
agents and then brought to the Oktiabrskoe ROVD of Minsk (District department
of internal affairs). The arrest was rude and violent. For example, one
of the police officers punched Svetlana Vergeichik in the chest with an
elbow. At Oktiabrskoe ROVD the police confiscated the medicine that belonged
to the ladies (diabeton and nomiprel). Setlanaĺs complaints that she is
sick with diabetes had no effect on the police officers. Until at 1 am
the pensioner was struck by a hypertension crisis. As a result, Svetlana
Vergeichik spent nine days in Hospital No9.
After Svetlana Vergeichik got out of the hospital, she filed an appeal
to the public prosecutorĺs office against illegal actions of the policemen.
Although the criminal case was not instituted, the Chief Assistant of
the Prosecutor of the Oktiabrskiy District of Minsk L.Zaminon acknowledged
that law enforcement agents illegally denied her right to ôinform the
relativesö within three hours after the arrest and also ôillegally resorted
to the use of force with regards to Vergeichik S.D., which, among other
things, resulted in her hospitalizationö. Thus, the prosecutor submitted
a file on the name of the Head of the Internal Affairs District Administration.
The inspection was finished on August 12.
Probably, to justify the actions of the employees, Oktiabrskoye ROVD sued
Vergeichik. The trial was held on September 2 in the absence of the lady
accused. By the way, Svetlana was informed that she is ôa petty hoodlumö
and has to pay ôfor her behaviorö 700,000 Belarusian rubles only on November
11. After consultations with the lawyers at Human Rights Center Viasna
P.Sapelko and V.Stefanovich, Svetlana Vergeichik filed an appeal to the
Minsk City Court.
And today, December 13, judge of the Minsk City Court I.Mitrahovich fully
satisfied Svetlana Vergeichikĺs complaint, i.e. cancelled the administrative
case and submitted it to further investigation.
We will keep following the events
with respect to Svetlana Vergeichik.