The trial over Hrodna musician Ihar Bantzer was not too long ago held in a Hrodna court docket. About 50 individuals got here to help him — kinfolk, many mates and acquaintances. About half of those that got here had been allowed inside. Filming was prohibited.
Earlier than the start of the trial Ihar might be heard shouting from the door, but it surely was obscure the phrases.
Ihar was saved in an ‘aquarium’, he was handcuffed, however he appeared upright and smiled. He misplaced lots of weight and was very pale.
Choose Natallia Kozel requested how Ihar was feeling. “Feeling high-quality. Only a minute in the past the tenth day of my starvation strike started,” the musician replied.
The choose learn out a petition to alter the measure of restraint for Ihar and launch him from custody, which Bantser wrote again on February 20. “I used to be sitting within the Valadarka with the sick, drug addicts and murderers. I’m typically confused with them. I’m not like them, I’m a rock ‘n’ roll star. I’m reformed, and I’m able to show it,” the assertion stated.
The choose referred to as a 20-minute recess to determine the movement. “They usually additionally say I’m the one doing the circus stuff,” the musician commented.
He speaks very slowly, it’s clear that it’s exhausting for him to do it.
Folks had been advised to depart the room. The mom of the musician, his mates, passing by him, requested him to start out consuming water. One lady began crying, “We want you alive, you perceive?”
However Ihar refused to cease the dry starvation strike.
The sufferer within the case is policeman Syarhei Bahdzevich, who within the darkness was in a position to see Ihar’s genitals behind the thong. The state prosecutor is Viktar Nichyparuk.
After the break even fewer individuals had been allowed into the courtroom, though only some individuals sat on the primary two benches. Ihar’s mom folded her arms in prayerand advised her son to drink water. He solely shook his head in response.
The choose determined to not fulfill the movement of the musician and to maintain him in custody “in order he wouldn’t escape prosecution”. For the third time the witnesses that Bantser insisted on summoning didn’t come to the court docket session.
On the second day of the trial the musician stated that he approached the policeman and requested if he might dance in entrance of the police automotive, and the policeman stated sure. The choose determined to carry the policeman to court docket, and the following listening to was scheduled every week later, for March 18.
“I’ll make it to Monday, after which I don’t know,” Bantser commented on the choice.
What the musician was detained for
Ihar Bantser was detained on 20 October and brought from his personal condominium within the morning. The explanation was one of many musician’s road performances: at evening on September fifth Ihar was dancing in entrance of the police automotive solely carrying a thong.
A prison case below article 339 of the Felony Code for hooliganism was openeded; Bantser faces as much as 3 years in jail. His trial started on March 3, at which he went on a dry starvation strike in protest towards political persecution.