engineer, sentenced to 4 years in prison
Date of detention: 20 Nov 2020
Art. 363 of the Criminal Code - Resistance to a police officer or other person guarding public order
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1
Mikita Kochur is a 23-year-old engineer from Minsk convicted under Part 2 of Art. 363 of the Criminal Code (violent resistance to a police officer).
On the evening of August 11, 2020, Mikita Kochur was approached by traffic policemen who asked for his ID. Kochur, in turn, asked the officers to give their names and show their IDs. In response, Kochur, was pulled off his motorcycle, knocked to the ground, beaten with truncheons and then taken to the police department.
Later, he faced criminal charges under Part 2 of Art. 363 of the Criminal Code (resistance to police officers in execution, combined with the use of violence). On November 20, he was taken into custody. The alleged victims of the criminal case were head of the Saviecki district police department Siarhei Kalinnik, senior traffic police inspector Yauhen Kryvarot, and police officers Neviarovich and Nadziozhny.
According to the indictment, at the request of police officers, Kochur refused to present documents and submit a vehicle (a Honda motorcycle) for inspection, and also refused to go to the Saviecki District Department of Internal Affairs for identification. Instead, he resisted police officers, pushing and punching and tearing one of their shirts. Colonel Siarhei Kalinnik was allegedly knocked down by Kochur and injured his elbow. However, none of the other victims saw Kochur hit Kalinnik. Mikita Kochur pleaded not guilty to the crime.
On March 19, 2021, Kochur was sentenced to 4 years in a general-security penal colony by the Zavodski District Court of Minsk.