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What happened to political prisoners last week, July 18 to 22

2022 2022-07-26T19:40:14+0300 2022-07-26T19:40:14+0300 en https://spring96.org/files/images/sources/acrescina_9w1_907.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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There are already 1,263 political prisoners in Belarus and counting. Every week the courts hand down new sentences and those already in custody receive new charges. But there are also those who have served their term and are finally released. Viasna has collected all the news about political prisoners for this week.

This week the list of political prisoners was updated with 14 new names.

From July 18 to 22, at least 11 political prisoners were convicted in courts:

  • On July 18, the Hrodna Regional Court passed a verdict on Yuliya Laptanovich, an activist from Pružany and a mother of three. Judge Viktar Sianko found the political prisoner guilty under six articles of the Criminal Code and sentenced her to five years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony. In addition, the court imposed a fine of 608 Belarusian rubles (240 US dollars).
  • On 14 July 2022, Anastasiya Sankouskaya was sentenced to three years of restricted freedom under home confinement under Article 342 of the Criminal Code.
  • Yuliya Chamlai, a defendant in the ‘Zeltser case’, was found guilty under Article 369 of the Criminal Code (insulting a government official) and Article 130 of the Criminal Code (inciting social hatred) and sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.
  • On June 22, 2022, a Lieninski District Court of Minsk Judge Tatsiana Shotsik sentenced Maksim Matyrka to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type penitentiary under Article 342 of the Criminal Code. Taking into account the previous sentence Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code (active participation in actions that grossly violate public order) for his participation in protests in 2020, and later with Part 3 of Article 218 of the Criminal Code (intentional destruction or damage to property), the judge sentenced him to nine years in a medium-security regime colony.
  • On July 18, Vital Zhylinski was sentenced to three years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony under Article 342 of the Criminal Code (group actions grossly violating public order) and Article 130 (inciting hatred).
  • On June 27, the Centraĺny District Court of Homieĺ convicted political prisoner Heorhi Vasilenka, who was accused of insulting the President of Belarus (Part 1, Article 368 of the Criminal Code). According to the indictment, while serving his sentence in an open-type correctional facility, Vasilenka posted messages containing obscene language addressed to the President of the Republic of Belarus in a group chat. Judge Viktar Kazachok sentenced him to 18 months in a general-security penal colony. Taking into account the previously served punishment, Heorhi has to spend 17 months behind bars.
  • On July 19, Judge Volha Dubavik sentenced Aliaksandr Kazakevich, a musician from Maladziečna, to 18 months of freedom restriction under home confinement under Article 369 of the Criminal Code (insulting a government official). The defendant was also ordered to pay 2,000 rubles in favor of the victims.
  • On July 20, 2022, Yuliya Katsenia was convicted in a criminal case for group actions that grossly violate public order (Article 342 of the Criminal Code) and sentenced to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type correctional facility.
  • On July 13, 2022, Minsk Regional Court in a closed session sentenced Siarhei Aleksiayeuski to three years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony and a fine of BYN 3,200 (USD 1,270) under Article 369 of the Criminal Code (insulting a government official) and Article 130 of the Criminal Code (inciting hatred).
  • On July 21, 2022, the case of Santa Franchuk and Uladzimir Dalshou was heard in the court of the Saviecki district. They were both sentenced to three years of restricted freedom under home confinement.

Three people were released: Yauhen Markavets, Aliaksandr Zhuk have served their terms in full, while Alena Talkachova was released from pre-trial detention center after her measure of restraint was changed.

 

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