ALEH SURHAN IS SENTENCED TO 6 MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT
The case of 47-year-old Aleh Surhan has been considered in the court by nearly 2 months. The BCD activist is accused in resistance to the police. The incident took place on September 3rd 2009. Aleh Surhan and his brother Taras were detained at the bus stop near the building of the medical university, on top of which the white-red-white flag was hung out.
The police arrested him and stated in the protocol, that he resisted to the arrest and had bitten the policeman’s finger.
According to Aleh Surhan, the first protocol about the white-red-white flag disappeared and was substituted by the one where it was stated that he had been in the public place under the influence of alcohol and sworn badly, insulting the policemen.
Aleh Surhan also stated that the policemen beat him in the police department on September 03. Taras Surhan called the ambulance when he saw his brother. The doctors stated maims of his head and arms.
After Aleh Surhan had filed a claim to the public prosecutor’s office about the actions of the police, a criminal case was initiated against him.
Lieutenant Siarhei Dudkevich stated in court, that he only held Aleh Surhan to prevent him from “beating his head against the car doors” and “scrubbing his cheeks against the floor of the car”. He claimed that at this very moment the activist bit his little finger on the left hand.
The judge did not accept the suggestion of Aleh Surhan to check the evidence of the policeman and his own evidence at the lie detector.
The appeal of the lawyer Viachaslau Praskalovich to see the printout of the list of telephone conversations of Siarhei Dudkevich was also declined. Aleh Surhan heard that Dudkevich had been ordered to arrest him by his bosses, and Dudkevich initially refused claiming there had been no reason for the arrest.
According to the Article 364 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus Aleh Surhan could have been imprisoned for the term 3 to 6 years. He was under court twice for pickpocketing, and the attack on the policeman was considered as recidivism. That is why the public prosecutor demanded that Aleh Surhan should be imprisoned for 3 years in the colony of strict regime.
- It is evident, that Aleh Surhan is a political prisoner, who was under court not because he attacked the policeman, but for hanging out the white-red-white flag. The BCD demands Aleh Surhan should be released. We will inform the Belarusian society and the international community about the illegal actions of the Belarusian authorities, - said the leader of the BCD Paval Sieviarynets.
According to Paval Sieviarynets, nearly 20 people came to the court to support Aleh Surhan. The policemen, including “the victim” hid their eyes.