In court, Op Society of Minsk ended the trial of the three participants in the events of December 19. Sentenced co-chair of the organizing committee of the party "Belarusian Christian Democracy" and the campaign manager of former presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski Paul Seviarynets, the journalist, the wife of former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov and Irina Khalip campaign manager of former candidate Nikolai Statkevich Sergei Martseleva. Judge Joan Brysina awarded: Paul Seviarynets — 3 years of "chemistry", Sergei Martseleva — 2 years on probation, Irina Khalip — 2 years with a grace.
Go to the courthouse well before the announcement of the verdict came about a hundred people. In a small hall security officers missed only part of the people. Journalists, human rights activists, politicians and public figures in the hallway waiting for the results and on the porch. Defendants released from custody in the courtroom, they were met with flowers, cheers and applause. First came to the journalists Khalip:
'How did we get when we rejoice that we are not put at 10-15 years, and finally gave me the opportunity to play with my child, depriving him of his father. I'm more worried about my husband sentence is 5 years. I understand that my husband will not sit five years, I understand that he was convicted only for exchange Luiz Carvalhal — that is, the grub and loans. Question: What price
for his knee. But all the while I was trying to understand why I was first held in jail and then under house arrest? After all, if it is logical — if the majority changed the measure of restraint on his own recognizance, why would a woman with a child to keep under lock and key? And after my husband's statements that he made to the court that he had been threatened and Danikavym my life, I realize that I just kept hostage. And my husband said that your wife and your child is in our hands in a closed apartment, under our supervision, they have no contact with the outside world, and they do no one can say. I realize that all this time was a hostage, and I continue to be held hostage. "
Khalip also said it would appeal the verdict, but before it has even more vigilant care:
"The first thing I want to do it immediately write a letter to her husband. Five months I have not even had a chance to write him a letter. When other political prisoners, at least, can stay in touch with their wives, then with us
husband shared, it seems, forever. I'm sure that sentence and I was appointed today only because to me on Saturday was not able to get to the sentencing her husband and see him at least once. It's the first thing I want to do. Second — this is to change the locks in the apartment. Indeed, in the five months the keys to my apartment passed from hand to hand, as village into a civil war. Third, I'm going to do — is to call a professional team of cleaners that do the cleaning, dry cleaning, disinfection, decontamination — anything that spirit KGB shnaga left in my house. Just imagine: three and a half months, at my uncle's apartment to lug around in a red and green trousers! I want the spirit they were not. But after that I was finally going to appeal the verdict. "
On the illegality of the sentence said, coming out of the hall, and was sentenced to three years of "chemistry" Paul Seviarynets. The relatively lenient sentence, he commented:
"It's hard to tell what cards were played in taking this decision. But I think that the task and duty of those who came out — to help those who are still in prison. Therefore, this issue should be raised at the international level, to help, whatever they may , to pray for them. sentence in any case illegal, as to condemn people for protesting — it is wickedness. Glory to God and thanks to all who prayed.
But there are people who are now much more difficult: Andrei Sannikov and many others, especially the young guys. We must organize them support. For me, the most difficult was the fact that for five months did not allow a priest to could confession and communion. For me, torture once and was a spiritual problem, so to speak. A physically — those who are first time, it was probably faster than humiliation. But this much has been said already. What will happen next? I think that we will appeal, of course, because all of this is illegal. And the political situation is such that all possible now, Putin, European Union, and the situation is difficult: people are in prison, the economy is falling apart, independence threatened. If you do not change the system, we may lose the country, and to change the system, you have to change yourself. Events on December 19, have shown that we do not all wrong. Now Abdymen with relatives, brothers and sisters, and then'll be there for a few ships, for I know that now go to the courts. And, of course, will refer to the priest … . "
The lightest sentence of the three convicts — two-year suspended sentence — was Sergei Martselev. However, such a sentence is unjust, he says:
"To judge people for what they have expressed their opinion that expressed their citizenship and civic duty, and came to the demonstration — I think it's absurd. But within the framework of the legal system and the current Penal Code, I recognized that it is committed — there was is no denying that I am called to the area and went there myself. So all this is a political issue: the sentence could be
conditional, and not guilty. But in this political environment it is what it is. Will I appeal? It depends on the opinion of the people with whom I have tried, as well as advice from lawyers. I'm relatively young man, so I will not complain about health, although the prison does not contribute to better health: the teeth fall out. The eyes follow, but in the five months I was used to. Physical violence did not apply to me, but I still have a moral duty to the people, who received sentences of imprisonment or are in custody. I will fight for that Statkevich, Alexander Atroschankau and others who have already been convicted, were finally freed. "
Khalip then emphasized that although her and freed from house arrest, but a sentence of two years in prison with a delay does not give her complete freedom:
"I want you to understand that the reprieve — it's not
conditionally, as Sergei Martseleva. This means that in two years I will try again, with the prosecutor, with all the chores, and the court will determine — I went or not, I was on the road to
reform, or is not, you can call me a law-abiding citizen can not be named. But who in our country, an independent journalist would call a law-abiding? Naturally, no. However, I want to thank all my colleagues, who all this time helping my family and maintained a kind word. I want to thank my parents, who have had to endure for as long as do not have anyone else. I'm glad we kept adequately and with dignity out of this story. I am very proud of my husband and I consider him a national hero. Yesterday they told me the words of Paul Demisha — a great friend of our family that Vaclav Havel has received four years and became president. So Andrei Sannikov's election campaign continues. And the fact that he will not sit five years — I'm pretty sure. "