Ihar Bantsar

punk musician, sentenced to 1 1/2 years of restricted freedom

Date of birth: 24 February

Date of detention: 20 October 2020

Charges indicted:

Part 1 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code - Hooliganism

Sentence: 1 1/2 years

Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")

Prison sentence start date: 17 June 2021

Judge: Natallia Kozel

Prison: Open correctional facility No. 9

Ihar Bantsar is a rock musician based in Hrodna, leader of the punk band Mister X, and an activist.

He was detained on October 20, 2020 for performing a dance without pants in front of a police car.

These actions were qualified by the investigation authorities as hooliganism, Part 1 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code. Meanwhile, as testified by the accused, the actual motives and purposes of this act were protesting through staging a performance, which was accompanied by a partial public exposure (dancing in thongs) in front of a car with police officers in it.

Bantsar was kept in custody until the trial. During the trial, which began on March 3, 2021, the defendant went on a dry hunger strike.

On March 19, 2021, Judge Natallia Kozel of the Lieninski District Court of Hrodna sentenced Ihar Bantsar to one and a half years of restricted freedom in an open correctional facility (so called “khimiya”). The convict was released in the courtroom to await an appeal hearing.

On June 17, Bantsar started serving his sentence at penitentiary No. 9.

Mail address: Open correctional facility No. 9. 210034, Vitebsk, street 3rd Chepinskaya, 39

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