Verdict to Former Judge Reversed 12:06, 14/12/2006
On December 13 a college on Criminal cases of Homel regional court of Svetlahorsk regional court to punish a former judge Syarhei Yarashevich for insulting judges from Rahachou. On November 4 S. Yarashevich from Zhlobin was sentenced for 2 years of corrective work with paying 20% of salary under the verdict of Svetlahorsk regional court’s judge Natalya Belajchuk.
The reason for criminal action against Yarashevich was his entry in a book of complaints comparing Rahachou judges Uladzimir Salamejchuk and Mikalay Rubisau with judges of Stalin era in the year 1937, who are acting according to a principle: give me a person, and I will find a charge against him.
This spring judges from Rahachou in turns were trying a rather complicated criminal case against Syarhei Yarashevich charged with hooliganism and inflicting light bodily injuries to a former policeman from Zhlobin. A Zhlobin policeman had a quarrel with Syarhei Yarashevich. In Rahachou court Yarashevich was fined 3 million 100 thousand rubles. He considered the trial and the verdict to be unfair. Protesting against them he wrote an entry in the complaint book. As a result of that another criminal action and another sentence by Salihorsk court followed.
S. Yarashevich told that Rahachou judges ignored his motion, misrepresented statements of a witness, refused to include comments to the court records. “I am a lawyer, and I was sentenced because of total lawlessness,” S. Yarashevich said. “My entry in a complaint book was an expression of indignation”.
A criminal case against S. Yarashevich for insulting Rahachou judges is to be considered again by a court of Savetski district of Homel.