sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 17 May 1999
Date of detention: 11 August 2020
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies
Sentence: 3 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Volha Dubovik
Prosecutor: Siarhei Habrukovich
Prison: Penal colony No. 9
Vadzim Hurman was born in Maladziečna in 1999. He was charged under two articles of the Criminal Code: Part 1 of Art. 342 (Organization or active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order) and Art. 364 (Violence or threat of violence against a police officer).
According to the indictment, on August 9, Hurman actively participated in an unauthorized mass event and disobeyed law enforcement officers. He allegedly shouted slogans, provoked citizens to take active action, and threatened six police officers with violence.
In court, Hurman pleaded guilty under Article 342, but not under Article 364. He said that when he was detained by riot police two days later on August 11, he and others were beaten and gassed in the face. Then the officers continued beating the detainees outside the police department building. According to Hurman, he was threatened with rape.
On February 8, Judge Volha Dubovik of the Maladziečna District Court sentenced Hurman to three years and six months in a general-security penal colony.