Aleh Surgan

Aleh Surgan is an opposition activist from Vitebsk.

Chronicle of repression

On 3 September 2009  militia in Vitebsk roughed up and detained Aleh Surgan when he tried to display an opposition white-red-white flag.

At the militia station the officers prepared a protocol and charged Aleh with displaying the flag. However, very soon, this protocol has been destroyed. In the final version of the protocol Aleh was accused of being drunk in a public place, using obscene language, and for biting the militia officer.

Aleh Surgan claimed that the officers at the militia station tortured him, which was confirmed by the medical examination. After the arrest he was taken to hospital with a broken head.

Aleh Surgan was convicted by the court in Vitebsk on 19 February 2010 to six months of detention under the article 364 of the Criminal Code (violent actions against a militia officer). In addition, Aleh had to pay 2.5 million Belarusian rubles compensation for the militia officer, Sergiej Dudkievich. The sentence was delivered by judge Evgeni Burunov. On 27 July 2010 he was released from the penal colony in Glubokoje.

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