16 January 2018, Tuesday, 12:38

Julia Stsiapanava’s appeal for commencing legal proceedings was refused

Frunze district’s police department in Minsk refused the activist’s of the European Belarus appeal for commencing legal proceedings against the people who attacked her.

In the official response that Julia Stsiapanava received today it is said that there was no corpus delicti for criminal charges in the actions of the people who attacked her, but only an administrative violation, Radio Svaboda reports. That is why if the attackers are found, they will be held responsible according to the administrative code. Thus the maximum possible punishment is for the 15 days in prison.

Julia Stsiapanava says she is shocked by the decision:

“It turns out that nay person, who attacks another person and threatens his life, applied violence, only deserves an administrative punishment according to Frunze district’s police department. This means that a real crime would remain unpunished”.

In the document that Julia Stsiapanava received, it is also said that the hostile attitude in the actions of the people was observed because of Julia ‘s civic activities. The activist says that police admits the political implications of the case, but at the same time is not going to look for the criminals and hold them criminally responsible.

We would remind that the activist of the European Belarus civic campaign was attacked by unidentified people at night on 14 January and cut her hair.

Julia Stsiapanava previously received anonymous threats, presumably from special services. Her Facebook account was repeatedly hacked and insult letters put into her mailbox.

In May 2012 the activist was fired from the representative office of Swedish company Scandinavian & UK Machines. The contract was about to expire on 31 December, but on 29 May Stsiapanava was told over skype that the contract will be terminated ahead of time without providing any explanations. On the eve of the events she was sentenced to an administrative punishment for participating in actions of support to Belarusian political prisoners.