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  • The Beaten Freelance Journalist to Be Put on Trial Again

    The brutally beaten freelance ‘Belsat’ cameraman Andrus Koziel has been called to the Central City District Court of Minsk for re-trial on March 7, 2018.

    The free­lance jour­nal­ist was observ­ing local elec­tions as a candidate’s autho­rized rep­re­sen­ta­tive and stream­ing dur­ing the count­ing of votes from a polling sta­tion in Min­sk on Feb­ru­ary 18, 2018.

    The police offi­cers tried to expel the jour­nal­ist from the polling sta­tion by order of the Head of Local Elec­tion Com­mit­tee, accus­ing him of legal abuse.

    It should be men­tioned in this respect that the Elec­tion Code of Belarus doesn’t ban video record­ing of vote count­ing pro­ce­dure.

    As soon as Andrus Koziel refused to leave the polling sta­tion, the police offi­cers kicked the jour­nal­ist away by force.

    Accord­ing to the free­lance jour­nal­ist’ evi­dence, he was beat­en black and blue by the police rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Also, report­ed­ly, the police offi­cers broke a glass door at the polling sta­tion premis­es with the journalist’s head.

    Con­se­quent­ly, the offi­cers blamed the jour­nal­ist for ‘dis­obe­di­ence to the police’.

    The judge Ivan Kast­sian returned the police report for revi­sion to the claimants and released the jour­nal­ist from cus­tody dur­ing a court ses­sion on Feb­ru­ary 19, 2018.

    The re-tri­al ses­sion at the Cen­tral City Dis­trict Court of Min­sk (21, Kirau Str.) has been sched­uled for March 7, 2018.

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