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Ex-political prisoner Kolchenko sentenced to correction works for joining protest action

Source : 112 Ukraine

The activist was involved in a scuffle with police next to the Embassy of Belarus in Kyiv on August 10; he and several more people were detained
18:04, 11 August 2020

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Ex-political prisoner of the Kremlin Oleksandr Kolchenko is sentenced to 40 hours of correction works; the court found him guilty with participation in a protest action that took place next to Belarusian Embassy in Kyiv on August 10, Graty reports

"On August 11, Shevchenkivsky district court considered anti-fascist Oleksandr Kolchenko guilty of minor hooliganism and appointed 40 hours of correction works for involvement in scuffles next to Belarusian embassy," reads the message.

The session was a closed one; the reporters were not allowed in the judge's office.

Kolchenko denies all charges, and his lawyer Yevheniya Zakrevska asked to close the case as there was nothing criminal in his actions. However, the judge ruled otherwise.

Related: Protests in Belarus: 21 law enforcers suffered; 2,000 people detained

Kolchenko has 10 days to file and appeal against the decision; he said he's about to do so. 

The scuffle with police took place during the protest action next to the Embassy of Belarus in Kyiv on August 10; Kolchenko and several more people were detained, as they stood against the results of the voting in Belarus.

Related: Ukraine's MP submits draft bill on non-recognition of presidential election in Belarus

 

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