Political prisoner Ihar Bantsar free after Hrodna court issues “khimiya” sentence
Judge Natallia Kozel of the Lieninski District Court of Hrodna has sentenced Ihar Bantsar, punk musician and activist, to one and a half years of restricted freedom in an open correctional facility (so called “khimiya”). The convict was released in the courtroom. Before his appeal hearing, Bantsar will remain under travel restrictions.
Bantsar was convicted under Part 1 of Article 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism) for dancing in front of a police car wearing a thong.
Ihar Bantsar has been in custody since October 20. On the first day of the trial, March 3, he declared a dry hunger strike.
On March 15, the Belarusian human rights community called the activist a political prisoner.