Updated at 17:58,28-05-2022

Vasily Parfenkov can be sent behind bars

Today, on May 29 at 10:00 in the Pervomaisky district court in Minsk the trial on the criminal case of former political prisoner Vasily Parfenkov has started.

He is accused of failure to comply with the requirements of preventive supervision (Article 421 of the Criminal Code).

The case is considered by the judge Sergey Bondarenko, who on November 24, 2011 sentenced the chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski to 4.5 years in prison.

The prosecution believes that Vasily Parfenkov has violated the regime of preventive surveillance for three times. Once the former political prisoner failed to appear in the supervision institution. Twice the police came to his home at a time when Vasily went to the store. The sanction of Article 421 of the Criminal Code presupposes the arrest of up to six months, or imprisonment for up to one year.

Vasily Parfenkov was put under preventive surveillance on January 5, 2012 for one year. Pervomaysky District Department of Investigative Committee of Minsk told the former political prisoner about the institution of criminal proceedings on April 19.

The Human Rights Center "Viasna" demanded the termination of criminal proceedings against Vasily Parfenkov.