Legal support service for the prosecuted under Article 328 available
Legalize Belarus and its partners are launching a legal support service for the prosecuted under Article 328. The service is aimed at helping those who face sanctions under Article 328, as well as those who are already serving their sentences.
Despite political repression and war, Belarusian administration continues mass prosecution for non-violent crimes related to controlled substances under Article 328 of the Criminal Code.
Violations of rights usually occur at every stage of the criminal process. It is the inability to get a lawyer, a violation of the right to a fair trial and torture at all stages of the process and while serving a sentence in a penitentiary institution.
About 4 thousand people are convicted under Article 328 every year. Most of them are user of controlled substances, some have addictions.
We provide the following types of support:
- Primary legal consultation for those prosecuted under Article 328, their relatives and friends
- Assistance in appeals against court decisions and conditions of detention
- Filing complaints with international institutions