Syarhei Kazakou, a former political prisoner and activist of European Belarus civil campaign, was detained yesterday evening at the central railway station in Minsk.
Syarhei Kazakou told charter97.org that he was at Minsk's central railway station at midnight on November 8. Two policemen approached him and said he got detained. They refused to introduce themselves and explain the situation. “I began to demand they should introduce themselves and show their police cards. I tried to figure out why they detained me. They ignored my questions and ordered rudely to follow them to the police station. I was presented with charges. They made a report saying I was drunk, behaved aggressively, ignored remarks and swore. The standard accusation, nothing new,” Syarhei says.
“I was left in the office until 2 a.m. They wanted me to admit my guilt. I was then taken for a medical examination to undergo alcohol tests. I refused to do so, because it insults my dignity. They seized my personal belonging and threw me into a cell. I was there until 8 a.m. They released me and return my belongings, but I saw that SIM cards were not inserted correctly in the cell phone. They inserted the card in the modem the other way round. I am now going to screen my laptop for malware and viruses, because I think checking my personal belongings was the main aim of the detention.”
Syarhei Kazakou was involved in criminal case over “mass disorders” in Minsk on December 19. Minsk's Maskouski district court sentenced Syarhei Kazakou to 3 years in jail on May 12, 2011. He was pardoned by Lukashenka on August 11, 2011, and left the jail on August 13.