16 December 2017, Saturday, 23:44

Belarusian Judges Seem Eager To Get Into EU Sanctions List Again

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The judges from the sanctions list of the European Union are still involved in the political persecution.

Fourteen Belarusian judges previously blacklisted by the EU for their role in the political persecution following the 2010 presidential election continue taking politically motivated decisions, the HRC “Viasna” informs.

In particular, over the past few months they convicted numerous peaceful demonstrators, civil society activists and journalists at the background of a wave of protests.

Thus, the HRC “Viasna” has registered 17 sentences17 sentences handed down by Valer Yesman for protests between 1 January 2016 and 14 March 2017. He also sentenced Dzmitry Paliyenka (“the bicycle protester”) in October 2016 to two-year suspended sentence. Following Paliyenka’s involvement in the Kurapaty protest, the suspended sentence has been replaced by a real prison term.

“Viasna” documented 19 political sentences handed down by Viktar Kazak between 1 January 2016 and 17 February 2017. He sentenced activist Pavel Vinahradau to a large fine over the 17 February 2017 protest. He later sentenced at least two detainees from the 25-26 March events, including Ales Lahvinets who was effectively preventively arrested.

“Viasna” registered 31 political sentences handed down by Tatsiana Motyl between 1 January 2016 and 10 March 2017. She sentenced at least two detainees following the 25-26 March 2017 events, including a Belsat TV journalist Aliaksandr Barazenka, who was covering the events.

The names of all 14 judges are presented in the table.

Important to note, on July 31, 2015 the Council of the EU shortened the sanctions list, having excluded 24 people from it, among whom there were also the judges involved in political persecution of citizens in 2010-2012.