Minsk city court has not complied with a request of the consul of Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus t release five Ukrainians detained for participation in unsanctioned protest action on April 26. This ruling has been made today at the court hearing.
As the chairman of Minks city court Mikhail Ardyako told to Interfax, “the appeal of the Ukrainian Embassy has been considered, however no reasons have been found for complying with their request”.
Thus, Ukrainian citizens are to be released after the expiration of the sentence (on May 5 and 6). The hearing of the appeal was to take place yesterday, on May 2, but the court postponed its revision without stating the reasons.
Five Ukrainian citizens still remain detained in the special detention center and continue hunger strike protesting against their illegal arrest.
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