On August 5 an activist from Homel Yury Rubtsou visited the Soviet district department of the Investigation Committee of Minsk, were he was interrogated as a suspect in a criminal case.
Investigators told Rubtsou that the criminal case against him had been opened on charges relating Article 391, “Insult of a judge or a people's assessor”. The sanction for an insult of a judge in relation with administering judgement offers different kinds of punishments – a fine, corrective labour for up to 2 years, an arrest for up to 3 months, or restriction of freedom for up to 3 years, “Viasna” human rights centre informs.
Yury Rubtsou has signed a document that he is prohibited to disclose information about investigation. But as a rule, in such cases a linguistic examination of the text of “insult” is carried out from the beginning, which means continuation of investigative activities.
The next interrogation of the activist is to take place in a week.
As it has been informed earlier, Yury Rubtsou submitted comments to the minutes of the court proceedings held by the judge of Savetski district court in Minsk, Kiryl Palulekh (Kirill Polulekh) however they were ignored by the court.
We remind that the administrative process, in a result of which Rubtsou’s words were qualified as a contempt of the judge, was held after “Chernobyl Way” rally, on April 28, 2014, in the court of Savetski district of Minsk. The activist went on a hunger strike for 25 days of arrest, the entire term, protesting against the verdict, and after that was hospitalized.