One more trial: Imprisoned politician to appear before court for solidarity rally

Pavel Sevyarynets, a leader of the Belarusian Christian Democracy (BCD) and former political prisoner, is serving his 10-day term in the detention centre in Minsk.

Pavel was found guilty of participating in the rally near Kurapaty, a Stalin-era mass grave near Minsk, on March 3.

He is to appear before court for taking part in the unauthorized rally held near the KGB office on March 31, his wife Volha Sevyarynets said on Facebook.

Sevyarynets will be tried on the last day of his current staying in prison. If the court does not give him another prison time, the co-chairman of the BCD will be released on April 10 at about 19:00.

On March 31, the politician was sentenced to 10 days of arrest, but he was not detained then. Later on the same day, Sevyarynets came to a rally of solidarity with the detainees over the ‘armed militants’case, where the police arrested him.

About 30 persons – former members of the defunct sports and patriotic organization White Legion, state-authorized sports and military club PatriotYoung Front activists as well as people who are not associated with any organizations, landed up in jail after Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s words about ‘armed militants’ posing a threat to Belarus.

On April 4, activists and indifferent Belarusians will start gathering near the KGB headquarters at 19:00 in order to express solidarity with the arrestees. Belsat TV journalists will be covering the rally.