The District Prosecutor’s Office in Sokółka (Podlaskie Voivodeship) filed a complaint against the court’s decision to refuse to arrest 13 people who were charged with destroying the barbed wire fence on the border with Belarus. Investigators emphasize that they are afraid of fraud on the part of suspects and therefore want the court to impose a preventive measure on them in the form of pre-trial detention.
The attempt to destroy the wire entanglements took place on Sunday afternoon (August 29) near the village of Szymaki, about 15 kilometers from the town of Usnarz Górny, where a group of migrants is camping. The Border Guard, together with the soldiers of the Polish Army, detained 12 Poles and one citizen of the Netherlands.
On Monday (August 30), the police charged them with the destruction – jointly and in agreement – of movable property. This offense is punishable by imprisonment from three months to five years. However, “in the event of a minor, the perpetrator shall be subject to a fine, restriction of liberty or imprisonment for up to one year”.
On Tuesday (August 31), Artur Kuberski, the head of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Sokółka, announced that he had sent to the court applications for pre-trial detention against suspects. However, the court did not accept the prosecutor’s requests.
Investigators did not want to immediately talk about whether they would lodge a complaint against the court’s decision in the case. Now, however – in a telephone conversation with tvn24.pl – prosecutor Kuberski announced the decision. As it turns out, the prosecutor’s office filed a complaint against the court’s decision.
– The main reason is similar to the one indicated in the arrest application, i.e. the fear of fraud, informs prosecutor Kuberski in an interview with tvn24.pl.
According to statements by people who participated in the action posted on social media, it was an “act of civil disobedience” to express opposition “to the cruel policy of the government” and “closing the border to people who flee their countries for fear of torture or possible death”.
A group of 13 people was detained near the town of Szymaki
Main photo source: TVN24