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In pictures: Belsat TV cameraman Barazenka released after 15 days in jail

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(BelaPAN Photo/Syarhey Satsyuk)
Belsat TV cameraman Alyaksandr Barazenka was released on April 9 from the detention center on Akrestsina Street in Minsk after completing a 15-day jail term.
Mr. Barazenka was arrested while covering a brutal police crackdown on opposition demonstrators in Minsk on March 25. Two days later, Judge Tatsyana Matyl of the Maskowski District Court in the Belarusian capital found him guilty of disorderly conduct and sentenced him to 15 days in jail.
Testifying in the trial, police officer Mikhail Varyvonchyk said that Mr. Barazenka uttered obscenities during the unauthorized demonstration, while police officer Artsyom Mikhalevich claimed that Mr. Barazenka said negative things about Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s Decree No. 3 that imposed a so-called parasite tax on non-working people. Both the officers claimed that Mr. Barazenka “waved his arms,” although the man was holding his camera in his hands all the time.
A video streamed by Mr. Barazenka before and during his arrest was played in the courtroom. In the video, Mr. Barazenka is never heard using obscene language. In fact, the reporter spoke only when he was being apprehended and his only words were "I’m a journalist!"
Mr. Barazenka went on a hunger strike in protest of his sentencing. He also appealed the sentence, but a judge of the Minsk City Court turned down the appeal.




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