Andrei Seviartoka

sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison

Date of birth: 4 July 1971

Date of detention: 27 September 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies

Sentence: 5 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a high security prison

Judge: Henadz Mazaila

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 8

Andrei Seviartoka is a businessman in Hrodna sentenced to five and a half years in a medium-security penal colony under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (violence against a police officer). The charge stems from a protest held on September 27, 2020. Mikhail Yudzin, Mikhail Yefimovich and Vadzim Khizhniakou were also convicted in this criminal case.

According to the charges, Seviartok deliberately punched a riot police officer in the head and kicked him in the right leg. At this time, Yefimovich deliberately threw an unidentified object at the officer, which hit the chest. After that, Yudzin deliberately kicked and punched another riot policeman, including in the arm and the head. Khizhniakov deliberately threw an unidentified object at the officer, using it as an instrument of crime.

Andrei said that he was walking to the bus station, when he heard screams and saw a man lying on the ground. He rushed to help the man. As he later found out, a riot police officer Zayats ran up to attack Seviartoka. The woman riot policeman grabbed him. Seviartok wanted to push her away and hit her helmet with his fist. According to him, Andrei did not know that the officer was a woman and claimed he did not want to injure her. After that, more officers appeared and broke Seviartoka's nose. He "almost lost unconscious".

At the end of December 2021, Andrei was transferred from Penitentiary No. 9 to the Investigative Prison No. 8.

Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 8. 222163, Žodzina, vulica Savieckaja 22A

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