Police opens case against Belsat for story about police brutality

Shchuchyn police pressured Alyaksei Shchadrou for explanations why our journalists made a story about him.

On February 4, Alyaksei, also known as Luigi’s brother, came to the police precinct to give explanations about our channel’s story. we wrote about Alyaksei being beaten up in the building of the local police department.

“He said that filming the building of the Shchuchyn District Department of Internal Affairs was illegal. They wrote down a testimony given by me and the “guests” of the asylum, who appeared [in the story],” said Shchadrou.

According to Alyaksei, the district officer arrived on the instructions of Lieutenant Colonel Syarhei Asavik, who had opened a criminal case against him in 2013 for activities on behalf of an unregistered religious organization.

The Shchuchyn District Department of Internal Affairs refused to comment on this case.

On February 1, several police officers beat Alyaksei Shchadrou and did not let him sleep all night so that he confessed that he had stolen a wallet from the nurse of the Schuchyn District Hospital. To stop the violence, Shchadrou took responsibility for what he did not do.

After the investigators saw on the CCTV footage that Shchadrou never went to the floor where the wallet was missing, he was released. He returned home on Friday night.

The story of Volha Czajczyts and Andrei Kozel about this incident was aired on Belsat on Sunday.

Alyaksei Shchadrou is 33 years old. In his youth, he worked as an ambulance medical assistant. Having access to drugs, he began to sell drugs that are sold in pharmacies by prescription.

For the drug trade, he served three years in prison.

Seven years ago, after his release, Alyaksei bought a house in the village of Alyaksandrauka, in the Shchuchyn District, where he organized a shelter to take care of homeless people, helping them to recover documents and return to a normal lifestyle.

Alyaksei gets help from almost no one, the shelter has no official registration — and the authorities do not particularly like it. Local officials have repeatedly forced Shchadrou to close the shelter. In 2017, KGB officers searched the premises.