2012 24/09
Аляксей Лапіцкі, Жодзінскі суд

Alaksiej Lapicki, Zhodzina court (August of 2012)

Only on Saturday, September 22 Zhodzina court prepared papers for information of the case of banning the picketing in support of Ales Bialiatsky and political prisoners. And the negative decision was issued on August 29 (!)

A week ago the protocol, according to one of the applicants, Aliaksei Lapitsky, was consisting of 4 pages. To be able to appeal the decision in full manner, the human rights activist has written a pre-appeal and will start examining this “miracle of … proceedings” today, on September 24…

Aliaksiei Lapitsky:

- Indeed, after observing the electoral process, which is still not possible to call “free and democratic” in its essence, it seems like in Zhodzina court a “stack of plain paper” is waiting for me… Well, I wish everything would be done fairly. But even after the rapid familiarization with the materials of the case (about a week ago) one fact immediately caught my eye: significant documents requested for consideration, which were examined in the trial, previously demanded by the court and studied under the chairmanship of Judge Tatiana Trotsyuk, unfortunately, were missing at the time in the documents… The fact that there are no reference in the case on these documents (in particular, it was in the answer of the head of Zhodzina Town Department of Internal Affairs) and they are absolutely not mentioned in the reasoning of the decision of Zhodzina court of August 29, shows that judge Ivan Grynkievich was apparently taking arbitrary decisions deliberately, and decided to hide the contents of these documents “to the body” of a long and “very detailed” trial record.

In any case, these problems are no surprise to human rights activists, who have been unsuccessfully fighting in the courts with these “administrative windmills” for years. Cases on protection of social and political rights and freedoms enshrined by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – imperative documents, binding for any legal entity in Belarus – still do not have any positive prospects in Belarusian courts which are not at least at some degree an effective remedy at the national level, a remedy for citizens from the arbitrary and ideological dictates of “one-party-administrative vertical” in the country.

Ales LETA

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