The judicial bench of Minsk city court has upheld verdicts to activists punished for participation in the meeting of entrepreneurs on January 10.
They are Andrei Kim, Mikhail Pashkevich, Mikhail Kryvau, Uladzimer Syarheyeu, Anton Kopijsh, Tatsyana Tsishkevich, Ales Straltsou, Alyaksandr Bondar, Artsyom Dubsky and Ales Charnyshou.
Lawyers insisted that the verdict to them was groundless, and that video footage used by investigators, as well as a number of other proofs, were made illegally. However the judicial bench consisting of the chairman Uladzimer Nazaranka and judges Syarhei Khrypach and Valyantsina Kryvaja affirmed a court decision of the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk made in April 2008.
As we have informed, the young activist Andrei Kim was sentenced to one and a half year in penal colony by the Central district court of Minsk. Other participants of the “Process of Fourteen”, Alyaksei Bondar, Artsyom Dubski, Mikhal Kryvau, Mikhal Pashkevich, Ales Straltsou, Ales Charnyshou, Tatsyana Tishkevich, were sentenced to restriction of freedom for 2 years. They must charge the state 20 per cent of their wages. Anton Koipish and Uladzimir Syarheeu were fined of 100 basic units. The judgement was given by Alena Illyina.