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  • Police beat Belsat cameraman Zmitser Soltan

    On Tuesday (23.02.21)  Zmitser Soltan walked free after having served 15 days of administrative arrest. Today he got out of the remand prison in the Belarusian town of Zhodzina.

    After the release, Soltan told the fam­i­ly and jour­nal­ists about being tor­tured and bat­tered by police­men. Accord­ing to the cam­era­man, they hit him in the stom­ach with trun­cheons, some bruis­es are still seen.

    On Feb­ru­ary 10, jour­nal­ist Lyubou Lun­y­o­va and cam­era­man Zmitser Soltan were tried in Savet­s­ki dis­trict court of Min­sk. They were sen­tenced to 10 and 15 days in jail respec­tive­ly. The two cas­es were con­sid­ered by judge Mary­na Fyo­dar­a­va. Lun­y­o­va and Soltan were charged under Arti­cle 17.1 of the Code of Admin­is­tra­tive Offences (‘pet­ty hooli­gan­ism’).

    The Min­sk police detained the Bel­sat crew on Mon­day when they were work­ing not far from the Phil­har­mon­ic on Feb­ru­ary 8. The pro­to­cols drawn upon on Lun­y­o­va and Soltan were iden­ti­cal. Accord­ing to them, the duo alleged­ly ‘expressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the work of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Inte­ri­or Min­istry, inter­fere with the police offi­cers’ activ­i­ty, talked loud­ly, called police­men pun­ish­ers and fas­cists’ in the hall of Savet­s­ki Dis­trict Depart­ment of Inte­ri­or. Police­man Miki­ta Bel­s­ki was wit­ness­ing against the Bel­sat con­trib­u­tors in court.

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