18 January 2018, Thursday, 18:52

Likhavid gets 10 days in custody without statute of limitations


Police of Minsk's Pershamaiski district demand former political prisoner Mikita Likhavid to serve ten days in custody for participating in a rally on December 19, 2010.

Likhavid was sentenced to 15 days in custody on December 20, 2010, but he was transferred to a pretrial detention facility on December 25 over a criminal case. He was later sentenced to 3.5 years in a medium security penal colony and granted early release in September 2011, Radio Svaboda reports.

A district police officer told Mikita Likhavid he should appear in the detention centre in Akrestin Street to serve the remaining 10 days.

He says he received a letter from the Pershamaiski district police department. Other people, who didn't serve their terms in full, received similar letters explaining that this kind of punishment has no statute of limitations.

Likhavid finds the decision illegal, because the court decision was delivered more than three months ago and because he was already punished for his actions in a criminal case and cannot be punished twice for the same offence. Mikita doesn't know how he can appeal against the court decision, because it was issued more than two years ago.

Lawyer Pavel Sapelka says the authorities can find legal grounds for serving the remaining term for the post-election protests, but the very responsibility for participating in unsanctioned events existing in Belarus is illegal and doesn't comply with the Constitution and international standards.