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A Belarusian court sentenced a Polish journalist to eight years in prison.

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On Wednesday, a Belarusian court sentenced Polish minority association journalist and activist Andrzej Poczobut (Belarusian Andrej Pachobut) to eight years in prison on charges by the authorities, among other things, of “inciting social hatred”. Belarusian human rights organization Vyasna and opposition website Naša Niva provided information on this issue. Warsaw described the sentence as unfair and condemned it.

Poczobut, 49, faced charges of “inciting societal hatred”, “reforming Nazism” and “activities that undermine national security”, and was sentenced to five to 12 years in prison, according to previous information from the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. The court sent him to a penal colony with a strict regime for eight years.

Seeing the man as a political prisoner, Vyasna noted that the trial, which started in mid-January, took place behind closed doors and the verdict was announced.

“We condemn the unjust punishment imposed by the court of an authoritarian state. Andrzej Poczobut is a Polish and Belarusian patriot,” he said. excitement Lukasz Jasina, spokesperson for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Cichanouská he marked Prison sentence for “personal feud” of Belarusian authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko. According to him, the journalist was convicted for doing his job. “Andrzej refused any deal with the illegal regime. Now we must do everything to free him along with all the other political hostages,” wrote Cichanouská.

Source: Seznam Zpravy

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