Homel: first fine for refusal from fingerprinting
On 13 April Halina Sytsko, Judge of the Homel Savetski District Court, fined Vasil Paliakou, Chair of the Homel region organization of the United Civil Party, 875,000 rubles (about $287) for refusing to be fingerprinted by the police.
It should be noted that such refusal is not punished by the law, that’s why Mr. Paliakou was fined under Article 23.4 of the Code of Administrative Offences, “insubordination to lawful demands of the police”.
The defendant motivated his refusal to give the fingerprints with the following facts:
1. forced dactylography is a manifestation of adverse discrimination;
2. the law On Dactilography provides no punishment for refusal from this procedure;
3. the datylography is conducted with the use of the typographic paint which can have a harmful impact on one’s health;
4. the same roller is used to put the paint on the hands of all people, as a result of which contagious diseases can be passed from one person to another.
Nevertheless, the judge decided to fine him. The politician disagrees with the court verdict and is going to appeal it at a higher instance.
The judge also dismissed Paliakou’s motion for allowing the lawyer Leanid Sudalenka to represent his interests at the trial. He considers it as a violation of Article 62 of the Constitution which guarantees the right to legal aid at court.
Human Rights Chronicle