Prosecutor demands to sentence Yury Radzivil to 1.5 years of imprisonment 16:42, 18/05/2006
In the court of Maskouski district of Minsk a trial over opposition activist Yury Radzivil is underway. The prosecutor has demanded to sentence Yury Radzivil to a year and a half of prison.
As we have informed, on March 2, 2006 a car of Yury Radzivil was fired on by a policeman of Almaz anti-terrorism troops not far from Kastrychnitski police department (Fabritsius Street). Mikalay Karpyankou (Nikolai Karpenkov), a police colonel and Almaz commander, opened the fire, as reported later.
There were no reasons for firing at peaceful citizens. At that moment mass arrests of people who had gathered to support a presidential hopeful Alyaksandr Kazulin, were taking place by the police department. Alyaksandr Kazulin was previously arrested and beaten up at the attempt to take part in All-Belarusian Assembly. Beside the driver, Yury Radzivil, three frightened girls were in the car. Policemen of thespecial troops were in plainclothes, they had not showed any documents. They had not demanded to stop or do anything else from the driver Radzivil. Without warning they tried to penetrate the car, broken the windshield, and then opened fire on wheels.
Yury Radzivil sent an application to the prosecutor of Minsk N. Kulik with a demand to bring up a criminal action against unknown persons who applied guns against him. However the prosecutor brought up a criminal action against the injured person.
Yury Radzivil was detained. He has spent more than two months in the pre-trial detention center in Minsk. The case was brought up for violation of the Part 2 of Article 363 of the Criminal code (use of violence against a policeman or other person that guards the public order). Yury Radzivil faces an imprisonment for up to 6 years.