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Appeal against judgement to political prisoner Parsyukevich to be heard 30 May

Appeal of political prisoner Sayrhei Parsyukevich is to be heard in the Maskouski district court of Minsk on 30 May.

Radio Svaboda learnt it from lawyer Vera Stramkouskaya.

The court of the Maskouski district of Minsk sentenced Sayrhei Parsyukevich, one of the leaders of the entrepreneurs’ movement, to two and a half years in a minimum security colony. The Vitsebsk businessman was arrested in Minsk on 4 March for allegedly “violent acts against a militia officer.”

Shortly before it Parsyukevich got 15 days of arrest in the detention center on Akrestin Street for participation in the rally of entrepreneurs in Minsk. On 21 January he was brutally beaten up by Alyaksandr Dulub, a detention center officer. Later this militiaman accused Sayrhei Parsyukevich of beating up to avoid accusation of excess of power.

The businessman didn’t confess his guilt on the trial and appealed against the sentence.

Human rights activists think the judgement is politically motivated. The United States and the European Union demand to release the political prisoner.