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Bialiatski’s defender receives 8 years in jail

2023 2023-02-02T12:52:36+0300 2023-02-02T12:52:36+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Vital Brahinets

Vital Brahinets

The Minsk Municipal Court pronounced the verdict to lawyer Vital Brahinets. The political prisoner received eight years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony.

Brahinets was convicted of four criminal offenses:

  • inciting social hatred (part 3 of Article 130 of the Criminal Code),
  • calling for sanctions (part 3 of Article 361 of the Criminal Code),
  • creating an extremist formation or participating in it (part 1 of Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code), and
  • actively participating in actions that grossly violate public order (part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code).

Judge Alena Ananich considered the case in a closed court for two weeks.

Brahinets defended some political prisoners, including Viasna chairman Ales Bialiatski. As a result of his arrest, another lawyer, Andrei Machalau, was left without legal counsel during an ongoing trial.


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