April 26 Pervomaisky district court of Minsk will start the process over the coordinator of "European Belarus", a member of the electoral headquarters of Andrei Sannikov, Dmitry Bondarenko. In this case, on the events of December 19 observers are waiting for the new turn in comparison with the former cases.
After the events of December 19 passed 5 courts sentenced eight people. All processes were using the article on the riots, which is considered difficult and provides up to 8 years of imprisonment, and for the organization — 15 years.
The evidence base on the process was the same: the police officers involved in the dispersal of the protest, and the intended victims were actually in court as witnesses to the riots. Attempts to deny the fact of protecting the riots proved to be in vain. Judge to convict imprisonment.
Only three of the eight were selected other penalties: big fines or so-called "Chemistry".
The trial of a member of the electoral headquarters of Andrei Sannikaa Dmitry Bondarenko will be the first for another, more lenient charge, which was filed exhibition space, while he was in the KGB prison. This is the preparation of group activities that breach public order, or participate in them. The maximum penalty for this article — up to 3 years in prison.
Observers have called trial Bondarenko — preparatory. In the sense that later in the same article will judge the former presidential candidate Vladimir Neklyayev, Sannikov's wife, journalist Irina Khalip, co-founder of the BCD Seviarynets Paul, a member of staff Alexander Neklyaeva Fyaduta and others.
On most of the previous processes in the case on December 19 attended a human rights activist of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Harry Pahanyaila. I asked the former judge, who, in his opinion, the evidence put up by the prosecution against Bondarenko?
"They will prove a violation of the public order. Due to the fact that the vehicle stopped traffic on the avenue. Then, that a number of trading companies allegedly received less profit.'s All. Miliennyya Draw a certain amount and this will be an offense. But in fact nothing of the offense is not there. As there were riots, and there was no group activities that breach public order. departed People penalties for administrative violations and that's enough. "
By Harry Pahanyaila if some organization felt that suffered losses as a result of events of December 19, it could go to court on their own. The fact that the prosecutor's office on behalf of the trade and other organizations put up the protesters claim, shows the dependence of the business from government, says Harry Pahanyaila.
"They understand the conditions in which they do business. When come to them from the police and told to" draw "a loss, or will come to you tax authorities and expose you to fines many times more, they understand that the way to agree with the authorities. And do what they want, rather than what what you need according to the law and morality. "
According to relatives, Dmitry Bondarenko, he pleaded not guilty and are set to defend their position. On the mood of the prisoner told his wife Olga Dmitry Bondarenko.
"The mood is normal. Preparing for trial, wait, how it will end. Just nervuyusya. As there will be how much time it will take the court? Like he is one, but how long will it be, is unclear."