Frenchman Jolan Viaud detained in Belarus with bullet in pocket

Frenchman Jolan Viaud detained in Belarus with bullet in pocket

For carrying a bullet received as a souvenir, he faces up to seven years in prison.

Frenchman Jolan Viaud was detained on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border carrying in his pocket a bullet that he received as a souvenir. He now remains in the Gomel detention center. The trial of the detainee will take place in a few weeks. The young man faces three to seven years in prison for smuggling ammunition, reports French La Depèche.

According to the website, the Frenchman went on a trip to Europe. On September 21, he left Belarus for Ukraine and was detained at the border.

The reason was a bullet received as a gift from a friend whom Jolan had visited in Warsaw. 

The Frenchman wrote about this in a letter to his relatives.

At the border, he says he showed the customs officers a bullet and asked if it could be carried. Customs officers spoke only Russian, so "dialogue was impossible." The young man was placed in a remand prison. At first he was forbidden to contact with his family.

The officially appointed lawyer does not speak either French or English. A month after his arrest, he was allowed to write to his family.

Jolan Viaud's family started a campaign on social networks for his release and is looking for funds for a new lawyer.

Update. November 15

SEE: Trial over Frenchman Jolan Viaud begins in Belarus