Siarhei Yafimau

sentenced to 3 years in prison


Date of birth: 1 June 1991

Date of detention: 9 August 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies
Art. 411 — Malicious disobedience to the demands of administration of the correctional institution

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Sviatlana Samuseva, Liudmila Zinkevich

Cases: Protests Gomel

Siarhei Yafimau is a resident of Homieĺ sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony under Article 364 of the Criminal Code (violence against a police officer).

According to the prosecution, in the evening of August 9, Yafimau approached a riot policeman, sprayed pepper spray in his face from a gas canister and hit him in the head. Two other police officers tried to detain the attacker, who attempted to escape, spraying gas and inflicting "at least nine blows to the head and torso" of one of the officers. The evidence in court was the testimony of the injured policemen, as well as video footage recorded by CCTV cameras in Lenin Square in Homieĺ.

Siarhei told in court that he was not going to attack the policemen that evening, but he was afraid that detentions would start, he got upset and started running, but when he came across riot policemen he took out a can and sprayed it.

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